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Newsline: US closes embassy in Tajikistan

The US embassy in Tajikistan‘s capital, Dushanbe, said Friday that it was closing until further notice after a series of incidents involving armed gunmen clashing with police. “Although the significance of these events is unclear, they may be precursors to other acts of violence,” the embassy said in a statement. “Official Americans have been advised to shelter in place and not send children to school today,” the statement added. “All US citizens are advised to exercise caution.” Media reports said that several police officers were killed by gunmen believed to be Islamists retaliating against a government crackdown on public displays of the religion.



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