Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon launched an offensive in the
autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan region on Tuesday against supporters
of Tolib Ayombekov, who is accused of killing a security service
Authorities sealed the border after government troops
captured eight Afghan militants who were fighting for Ayombekov.
Tajik officials feared Taliban-linked fighters were crossing
into the ex-Soviet republic to help the former warlord.
The border between Gorno-Badakhshan and Afghanistan’s
Badakhshan province – in the remote, mountainous area along the
Pyandzh river – was sealed on Tuesday, Khushnud Rakhmatullayev,
spokesman for Tajikistan’s border guards, told Reuters.