Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 140

Four members of the UN Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) were shot dead on July 20 near Labijar, 170 kilometers east of Dushanbe. They were traveling on assignment on the Tavildara-Garm highway. The victims are a Polish major, an Uruguayan major, a Japanese political adviser and their Tajik interpreter. Official Dushanbe announced their deaths one day later and claimed that the four died when their car fell into a ravine. The UN, however, corrected Dushanbe’s version: The four were murdered by as yet unidentified gunmen. (Itar-Tass, international agencies, July 21)–VS

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