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  • Tajikistan to increase electricity exports to neighbours

    2015-03-27

    DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan is planning to increase exports of electricity this summer to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, Avesta.tj reported March 26, quoting a source in the Tajik power industry. Last year, Tajikistan exported more than 1.3 billion kWh of power to the two neighbours, the majority of it to Afghanistan. The amount of power to be exported this year was not reported. ...

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  • Tajik authorities arrest suspected drug smuggler, seize drugs

    2015-03-27

    KULYAB, Tajikistan -- Tajik law enforcement this week arrested two suspects and seized various drugs in Kulyab and Dushanbe. The Drug Control Agency (AKN) March 24 detained a suspected Afghan drug trafficker in Kulyab, the AKN announced March 27. AKN personnel searched the man's apartment and found more than 40kg of opium and about 1kg of heroin, the statement said. He alle...

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  • Turkmenistan boosts security on Afghan border

    2015-03-27

    ASHGABAT -- Turkmenistan continues to send additional troops and equipment to its border with Afghanistan, officer Yadkab B-yev of the State Border Service (GPS) told Central Asia Online March 26. He asked for concealment of his full name because of the sensitivity of the topic. Reinforcements are coming to the 744km frontier from military units stationed in the north, nort...

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  • Karachi blast kills 2 police, injures 14 others

    2015-03-27

    KARACHI -- A motorcycle bomb hit a police van in Karachi March 27, killing at least two policemen and wounding 14 other people, officials said. The wounded included two civilians. "A bomb planted on a motorbike was blown up as a police van was passing by," Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo told AFP. The officers belonged to the Special Service Unit, an el...

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  • Kyrgyz find arms cache in Bishkek

    2015-03-27

    BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz police March 26 found a cache of munitions and weapons near the Bishkek western bus station, the Interior Ministry (MVD) press office said in a statement March 27. Police found the cache in a courtyard between garages, the MVD said, adding that it included a rifle with an optical sight, a sound grenade, 78 bullets for a Kalashnikov and hundreds of bullets ...

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  • Militants attack Loralai check-post, killing 4 policemen

    2015-03-27

    QUETTA -- Militants attacked a police check-post in Loralai District of Balochistan March 26, killing four policemen including a station house officer (SHO), media reported. The attackers hurled a hand grenade and opened fire at the check-post in the Mekhtar area of the district, killing three constables and Rara Sham SHO Tahir Shah, Levies Force officials said. ...

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  • Karachi shoot-out kills TTP militant

    2015-03-27

    KARACHI -- Police in Karachi killed a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist in an encounter March 26, Dawn reported. The clash took place in Orangi Town when a police patrol flagged down two men riding a motorcycle. The suspects opened fire in an attempt to escape, but police returned fire, killing one and wounding the other, said Senior Superintendent of Police West A...

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  • Afghan NDS arrests terror suspects accused of using children to transport bombs

    2015-03-27

    NANGARHAR, Afghanistan -- The National Directorate of Security (NDS) recently arrested a group of suspected terrorists accused of using children to transport bombs and other explosive materials from Nangarhar Province, Khaama Press reported March 26. Children attract less suspicion from security forces. The suspects, identified as Saifullah, Hikmatullah and Fazal Haq, were ...

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  • Paktika blast kills 2 ALP troops

    2015-03-27

    PAKTIKA, Afghanistan -- Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) troops, including an officer, died when their vehicle ran over a land mine in the Faqir Qala area of Paktika Province March 26, Khaama Press reported March 27. ALP officer Musa Khan Andar and another ALP soldier were killed, and a third soldier was injured in the blast. A brief gun battle followed the blast, and a Taliba...

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  • Helmand governor sacks district governor, security officials

    2015-03-27

    HELMAND, Afghanistan -- The Helmand provincial governor March 26 fired the Garmser District governor as well as the district's police and security chiefs over allegations of corruptions and negligence of duty, Tolo News reported. Former Garmser District governor Ayoub Omar Omari, former police chief Toryalai and former security chief Amrullah will face criminal charges, pro...

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  • Tajikistan seeks to evacuate citizens from Yemen

    2015-03-27

    DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan is seeking to evacuate 100 medical workers and their families from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has launched air strikes against the Houthis, the Tajik Foreign Ministry said March 27. "All possible measures are being taken for the emergency evacuation of Tajik citizens from war-torn Yemen," Abulfaiz Atoyev, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told AFP...

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