Uzbekistan raises weekend gunfight death toll to 3

The death toll from a shootout in Uzbekistan between security forces and gunmen last weekend has risen to three from two, local media said.

Uzbekistan raises weekend gunfight death toll to 3

The death toll from a shootout in Uzbekistan between security forces and gunmen last weekend has risen to three from two, local media reported late on Thursday.

Governments in Central Asia, a resource-rich former Soviet region north of Afghanistan, have claimed gunmen linked to fighting between U.S.-led forces and the Taliban across the border.

Uzbekistan earlier said it had killed two bandits in a gunfight last Saturday during a raid in a residential area of the capital Tashkent, days ahead of the key Independence Day holiday.

President Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous nation, with an iron fist since 1989. He tolerates no opposition and critics have accused him of jailing thousands of dissidents, a charge the government denies.

Reuters
Last Mod: 04 Eylül 2009, 14:48
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