February 18, 1997 |
A warlord freed his last six hostages Monday--five of them U.N. workers--ending a two-week standoff in this Central Asian country. The breakthrough came after President Emamali Rakhmonov ventured into the mountains east of Dushanbe, the capital, on Monday to personally negotiate for the hostages' release. The warlord, Bakhram Sadirov, had demanded direct talks with the president. After the meeting, he released the hostages and apologized for taking 16 captives since Feb. 4.