At least 25 inmates, including alleged members of a militant Islamic group, escaped from a maximum-security prison in Tajikistan on August 23 in a series of events that left six guards dead. The fugitives were believed to be headed for the Rasht Valley, a remote area of eastern Tajikistan where Islamic militants have been active in the past.
An undetermined number of attackers mounted an assault late on the night of August 22 against the prison in Dushanbe, run by the State Committee for National Security. After freeing the inmates, the militants raided a Justice Ministry facility, making off with a bevy of weapons. Six government law enforcement officers died in the attacks. There were no reported casualties among the raiders. The prison raid underscores the tenuous security climate in Tajikistan, a country that has been hit hard by economic woes over the past two years.
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