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2 Tajik Warlords Kill Each Other in Shootout

March 31, 1993|Reuters

MOSCOW — Two warlords in Tajikistan killed each other in a shootout that also left up to 15 bodyguards dead, a journalist quoted military officers as saying Tuesday.

The warlords, vying for power within the Tajik Popular Front, died in a hail of bullets after an argument in the southern region of Kurgan-Tyube, the journalist said.

One of those killed was Sangak Safarov, former leader of the front that installed Tajikistan's current government after defeating Islamic rebels in a conflict last year that killed thousands in the poorest of the former Soviet republics.

The other man was his former deputy and ally, Faizuli Saidov.

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