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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Fighting Ceases

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Calm returned to the capital of the central Asian republic of Tajikistan over the weekend as government and UN officials met Islamic insurgent field commanders to implement a peace agreement ending several days' clashes that have claimed at least 30 lives.

The fighting between government troops and Islamic insurgents raged from Thursday to Saturday east of the capital, Dushanbe.

The Islamic opposition's press service said the total of dead was 30, comprising 25 civilians and five opposition militants.

Reports by government sources that 20 soldiers had been killed and 80 wounded could not be confirmed by the Defense Ministry, which spoke of only two dead and eight wounded among its personnel.