Former Tajik warlord surrenders after standoff
Pamiri people in New York on Wednesday protest the military operations in Tajikistan.
August 14th, 2012
04:40 AM ET

Former Tajik warlord surrenders after standoff

Tolib Ayombekov, a former opposition warlord believed to have been behind the killing of a top security general, surrendered to Tajik authorities early Tuesday, ending a three-week standoff, a government spokesman said.

In a statement aired on Badakhshan TV, Ayombekov said he turned himself in to end the violence in Khorog, Pamir - the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan region in eastern Tajikistan.

More than 40 people were killed and many residents were displaced in recent fighting. Also communications with the outside world have been virtually severed during the fighting between Ayombekov's forces and government troops.

The cutoff of cell phone and Internet service began late last month. Aid workers, some of whom had satellite telephones, were evacuated.

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  1. foul relish

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    August 14, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Good morning @ little mister, how are you sweetie? Feeling better?

    August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. little mister©

    Hi Chrissy, I am better. You are the only one who is nice to me.

    August 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Aww well im sorry others arent. But dont worry about it, many arent nice to me either. 😉 just be yourself.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. PEDO BEAR

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. I am the Walrus

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    August 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Good afternoon, lm.
    Good afternoon, chrissy.
    Good afternoon, PB.
    Good afternoo, fr.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |