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Twenty-five members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan escaped from a jail in Dushanbe. The IMU fighters were serving long-term sentences for terrorism charges. One guard was killed during the jailbreak, and four more guards were killed at a nearby detention facility.
Four Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan fighters were killed and another was captured in the conservative northern region of Tajikistan known as Ferghana Valley. One security officer was injured during a three-hour raid on a house in which militants were hiding. The men had been wanted since 2006 on suspicion of previous assassinations, including the killing of high-ranking police officer Saidumar Saldov last month.
Security forces reportedly killed Nemat Azizov during a shootout in the mountains near the administrative center of Tavil-Dara after he refused to surrender. Azizov, who is also known as Sheikh Nemat, commanded Islamist forces during the civil war between 1992-97. He was accused of being a drug smuggler and of assassinating the chief of the Emergency Situations Ministry.