A military convoy of the Dushanbe regime troops has been virtually routed in Rasht district of Tajikistan.
According to available data, more than 20 soldiers were killed in the attack. However, this figure may be higher. Dozens of soldiers were wounded and military vehicles burned out.
"Right now we can speak about 20 dead, but these figures are not final", said a source in Tajik law enforcement agencies, stating that the ambush was carried out in a remote mountain gorge of Komarob.
Meanwhile, some agencies reported that two battles had occurred in Rasht region, and the number of killed soldiers refers to only one of them.
According a Russian news agency, Interfax, citing Tajik security officials, the convoy headed to the city of Rasht and was attacked in Komarob Gorge, located approximately one hundred kilometers from the capital Dushanbe.
A search operation for prisoners who escaped from a prison of a "state national security committee" at night of August 23 is being conducted in Rasht district. A total of 25 people escaped, killing several prison guards.
Authorities allege that Tajik troops clashed several times during so-called "search operations".
According to some reports, the attacks in Rasht district may have been executed by Mujahideen from the Mullah Abdullah's unit. It is reported that Emir Abdullah (Abdullah Rakhimov) returned to Tajikistan in summer 2009 and started organizing Mujahideen groups in the country.
Meanwhile, helicopters with paratroopers are being sent to Komarob district. Currently, there is no precise information if Russian troops are taking part in the fightings.
Department of MonitoringKavkaz Center