Tajik troops killed three suspected fighters on Friday, the third day of a counter-strike after an attack on government forces, two sources within the nation's law-enforcement agencies told Reuters.
"That means eight in total since the beginning of the operation on Wednesday," one of the sources said, requesting anonymity.
"The operation is continuing. Three servicemen were injured, but their lives are not in danger", the source said.
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on troops in the Rasht district, 180 km (110 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, in which 28 servicemen were killed, saying they had attacked Tajik troops in retaliation for a government crackdown on Islam.
Tajikistan has jailed more than 100 members of banned Islamist groups this year.
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