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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Take Hostages, Seek Job

MOSCOW () --A former Tajik mayor and member of parliament seized 10 border guards Friday and demanded to be given a "prestigious post" in the government, Interfax reported.

Ibod Boimatov, the former mayor of Tursunzade, some 50 kilometers east of Dushanbe, stormed a post on the Uzbek border with two armored personnel carriers, the agency said. He was backed by an unspecified number of his supporters.

Tajik authorities threatened to apply "emergency measures" unless the hostages were freed by Friday evening.