Body of Tajik deputy commander of riot police, who died in Khorog, found in Afghanistan

Body of Tajik deputy commander of riot police, who died in Khorog, found in Afghanistan

Deputy Commander of Special Purpose Mobile Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan Lieutenant Farrukh Zaripov was killed in a raid conducted by security forces of the republic in the city of Khorog in the east of the country on July 24, the Tajik Interior Ministry's press center told RIA Novosti.

"Zaripov died while performing his duty," a source said.

According to the Interior Ministry, the body of the killed police officer was found last week at the Afghan bank of the Panj River. "The body was found by the residents of one of Afghan villages and transferred to the Tajik side," the ministry said.

The representative of the Interior's press center added that the police officer's body was delivered to Dushanbe and buried.

The Ministry conducts an investigation into the discovery of the body of the Tajik deputy commander of riot police in Afghan territory.

Earlier, the Tajik authorities reported that as a result of a special operation conducted on July 24 in Khorog, the administrative center of Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, losses of government forces amounted to 17 killed, 40 wounded.

The special operation was carried out in order to neutralize members of an organized criminal group of Tolib Ayembekov which the republic's authorities blamed for killing head of the State National Security Committee of Badakhshan Abdullo Nazarov. 56-year-old general was killed on July 21.

According to official data, as a result of the raid 30 members of the group were destroyed and 40 arrested.

According to the Interior Ministry, now the situation in the city is calm, disarmament of criminal groups which began on July 28 is ongoing.

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