Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 98

Tajik United Opposition (UTO) deputy chairman Akbar Turajonzoda charged May 19, and Russia’s Air Force denied yesterday, that Russian aircraft last week had rocketed and strafed opposition-controlled villages in Tajikistan’s Tavildara district and on the Tajik-Afghan border. "The Russian Air Force does not interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign Tajikistan," the official statement said. Russian tactical aviation frequently attacked opposition-controlled villages last autumn and was expected to resume operations following the lull imposed by winter weather in the Tajik highlands. In Tajikistan’s east-west corridor, the resistance yesterday captured a police station with its arsenal of weapons in the district center Jirgartal, killing two policemen and capturing four, and setting up its own patrols around the town. (Interfax, Itar-Tass, May 20)

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