Afghanistan extradites 4 Tajik nationals in connection to ex-rebel commander

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DUSHANBE -- Afghanistan extradited four alleged supporters of the late Tajik rebel Gen. Abduhalim Nazarzoda back to Tajikistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik Service reported Thursday (June 28).

The Tajik nationals, who fled to Afghanistan after Tajik security forces killed Nazarzoda in September 2015, were arrested in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, Kahir Shah, a representative of Afghanistan's National Security Council, said Wednesday (June 27).

He did not clarify when Afghanistan handed over the men.

Nazarzoda was an insurgent commander during the 1992-1997 Tajik civil war who became a deputy defence minister after the warring sides signed a power-sharing agreement.

The Tajik government blamed him for attacks on a police station and an arsenal near Dushanbe on September 4, 2015. Nine police officers and 17 militants were killed in the fighting.

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