'Russians held'

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The Tajik government said four Russian soldiers and a Kazakh officer guarding the frontier with Afghanistan had been seized by guerrillas in a raid from across the border, Reuter reports fro Dushanbe. The Foreign Ministry described it as an attempt to disrupt peace talks between the two states and demanded that Afghanistan return the five.

The Tajik and Afghan foreign ministers began a second day of talks in Dushanbe in the highest- level bilateral contact since fighting on the border intensified a month ago. The captured five were part of a force sent by the Commonwealth of Independent States. One of the captured soldiers was wounded.