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60 feared dead in Dushanbe

MOSCOW (AFP) - Up to 60 people were feared dead in clashes beween pro-Communists and Muslim forces yesterday around the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, where an armed gang took over the central police headquarters.

The situation in Tajikistan deteriorated sharply during the day, said television, with several villages near Dushanbe on fire and artillery exchanges heard in the city. Fighting on Thursday was said to have left 60 dead in Yavan, 30km (20 miles) away.

Tajikistan has been ravaged by clashes between pro-Communist and anti-Communist forces for the past six months.