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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Rebel Flees

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan () -- Government tanks entered Friday the Tajikistan town of Kurgan Tyube, stronghold of rebel Colonel Makhmud Khudoyberdyev, residents said.

Contacted by telephone, they said Khudoyberdyev, his family and guards had fled his house in the town and moved into the barracks of his elite brigade on its outskirts.

On Thursday, Khudoyberdyev refused to follow a presidential order to step down and said he was ready to resume fighting.

Itar-Tass said negotiations between Khudoyberdyev and a senior commander from Russian-led peacekeeping forces failed Friday. The talks near Khudoyberdyev's headquarters in Kurgan Tyube lasted just five minutes, it said.