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Afghan Police Detain Two Ethnic Uzbek Fighters From Tajikistan

Afghan media reports say that police in the northern province of Kunduz have detained two Taliban fighters from neighboring Tajikistan.

A Kunduz police official, Said Sarwar Hussaini, told RFE/RL on June 9 that the two men, who were identified only as Komil and Umar, had been captured overnight by local security forces.

According to Hussaini, the two confessed to being ethnic Uzbeks from Tajikistan who had arrived in Afghanistan from Russia.

A third Taliban fighter, who had accompanied the two Uzbeks, was from Pakistan. He blew himself up after refusing to surrender.

Last week, Tajik authorities said that a Tajik citizen was arrested while trying to illegally cross the Tajik-Afghan border with the intention of joining Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.