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Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Tajik opposition blames Uzbekistan for bombings

Tajikistan's main opposition group has said that Uzbekistan was behind three days of air raids in the northeast of the country which caused a number of deaths.

The United Tajik Opposition UTO said the bombings appeared to be aimed at Uzbek refugees living in Tajik areas bordering Kyrgyzstan, who oppose the Uzbek government.

Uzbekistan has denied the bombings while the Tajik government has declined to comment.

Uzbekistan admitted bombing Tajik territory by mistake in August when its planes helped Kyrgyzstan attack Islamic rebels holding several hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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