Car bomb rocks Tajik capital

A powerful blast has rocked the centre of the Tajik capital Dushanbe in what appears to be a car bomb placed near the central Asian state's emergencies ministry.

    More than 100,000 Tajiks died in civil war during the 90s

    One reporter said on Monday he had seen the head of man lying on the road and car parts scattered all around

    .

    Four people in a taxi were also caught up in the blast 

    and suffered concussions

    about one kilometre from the palace

    of President Imomali Rakhmonov.

    Speaking from the scene, Emergencies Minister Mirzo Ziyoyev said

    there were no other reports of casualties.

    But several cars parked nearby had been burned by the

    blast, which shattered windows in surrounding buildings and mangled

    metal grates in front of the windows of the emergencies m

    inistry building.

    The area was cordoned off by police and firefighters were

    at the scene.

    Tajikistan, an impoverished Muslim state of 7 million which

    neighbours Afghanistan, is due to hold a parliamentary election

    on 27 February.

    The country, which lost more than 100,000 people in

    a 1992-97 civil war, has since been relatively stable although

    kidnappings continue and crime is rampant.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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