All six government forces' checkpoints were removed from the town of Khorog (the administrative centre of Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous Tajikistan) today and replaced by traffic police, a representative of the Tajik security service told ITAR-TASS.
"One of the requirements of local people has been implemented and another step towards normalising the situation in Badakhshan was made," the source said. Reinforced checkpoints were established on July 24, when a large scale special operation began in the city of Khorog and surrounding area to identify and apprehend those involved in the murder on the evening of July 21, of the head of the regional department of the State Committee of National Security, General Abdullo Nazarov
Currently the investigation team of the republic's attorney general is engaged in investigating the crime. The main culprit involved in the case is the leader of one of the illegal armed groups, Olim Ayembekov, who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities and is now being interrogated.
According to the intelligence services, "the negotiations with the other three former commanders of the opposition: Yodgorov Shomusalamovym, Imomnazarov Imomnazarovym and Mahmadbokirom Mahmadbokirovym whom investigators would also like to question with regard to the murder of the general is nearing completion."
The Prosecutor General's Office issued a statement through the government agency Khovar on July 29 according to which all four of Badakhshan commanders were accused of murder, attack on law enforcement, trafficking of drug and precious stones and other crimes."