Fierce fighting in Tajik capital

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The Independent Online
MOSCOW (Reuter) - Fierce clashes erupted in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, last night, hours after supporters of the ousted President, Rakhmon Nabiyev, seized control of the city centre, Interfax news agency reported.

Mr Nabiyev appeared to have secured a dramatic return to power after armed groups from the southern Kulyab region stormed parliament and the presidential palace in a dawn raid. But Interfax said earlier that forces which had remained loyal to the acting President, Akbarsho Iskandarov, were regrouping in Kofarnikhon, 20 miles east of Dushanbe, raising the prospect of renewed bloodshed.

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