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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajiks Protect UN Staff

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov ordered Tuesday that a special armed unit be set up to protect employees of United Nations agencies who have often been targets of kidnappings in the unstable ex-Soviet state.

"The Tajik president signed today a decree on forming a special armed unit to protect United Nations workers in Tajikistan," presidential spokesman Zafar Saidov said.

"The decree was issued to provide security for UN workers," he added.

Saidov said the unit of 120 men would include 60 government servicemen and 60 fighters of the United Tajik Opposition.