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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajikistan: Soldier Dies

MOSCOW () -- An offduty Russian soldier serving with peacekeeping forces in Tajikistan was shot in the head and killed outside the Tajik capital, Interfax reported Monday.

The body of Sergeant Yury Novikov, 30, was found Sunday on a highway outside Dushanbe, the agency said.

Novikov became the eighth Russian soldier to die in Tajikistan so far this year. Russia has sent thousands of soldiers to help patrol the border with Afghanistan.