Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 160

United Tajik Opposition (UTO) commander in chief Mirzo Zio yesterday handed over to Dushanbe three gunmen suspected of having murdered four members of the UN Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) on July 20. Zio’s troops apprehended the suspects in the Tavildara area, where the UNMOT party was ambushed and Zio is based. Zio and the civilian leadership of UTO strongly condemned the act and vowed to search for the perpetrators. UNMOT has suspended most of its operations in Tajikistan pending identification and prosecution of the assassins. (Itar-Tass and other Russian agencies, September 1; background in the Monitor, July 22 and 23)–VS

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