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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Unknown Jets Drop Bombs On Tajikistan




THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Unidentified jets bombed northeast Tajikistan for a third day, but no casualties were reported, a news report said Tuesday.


The planes, flying too high for their markings to be seen from the ground, dropped 20 to 40 bombs in the Dzhirgatal district near the border with Kyrgyzstan on Monday, Itar-Tass reported.


Some 40 bombs were dropped Saturday and Sunday, killing three people, Tajik authorities said.


Tajik officials said they would "respond in an appropriate way to the bombing of the republic's territory," Itar-Tass reported, citing unidentified officials.


The report did not say how Tajikistan would respond or who officials believed was to blame for the three days of strikes.


Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have both denied their planes were involved in the aerial bombing on Tajik territory over the weekend.


Tajikistan and surrounding regions in Central Asia have been plagued by unrest. An armed gang from Tajikistan invaded neighboring Kyrgyzstan on Aug. 22 and is holding 13 hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in a remote gorge in the southern part of the country.


Neighboring countries have offered military support to Kyrgyzstan and previously carried out bombing raids that targeted the rebels. However, there was no indication that the three days of bombings in Tajikistan were connected to the bombing aimed at the Islamic militants in Kyrgyzstan.