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Tajikistan: Gorno-Badakhshan Rebel Leader Surrenders

Tajikistan’s most-wanted warlord has surrendered, according to state media reports. Last month, a hunt for Tolib Ayombekov in the eastern mountains left dozens dead, including at least 17 government soldiers. 

Speaking on television in Gorno-Badakhshan province, Ayombekov said he was giving himself up for the good of the nation, and urged other militants to lay down their weapons as well, the Khovar state news agency reported on August 13.

Radio Free Europe said that Ayombekov is being treated in a Khorog hospital, and that he hopes for a free and fair trial. At least three other senior rebel leaders are believed still on the run. 

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Tajikistan: Gorno-Badakhshan Rebel Leader Surrenders

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