Terror Comes to Tashkent

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ON GUARD: Uzbek police check documents near the house of a suspected terrorist

Terror struck in the streets of Tashkent last week, but you'd never know it from the local media. The attacks were swift and bloody, and scattered across the city, from the Chorsu market near the center to the outer suburbs. Their impact was heightened by the government's near-total news blackout. The biggest firefight took place in the Yalangach district, about 3 km from Uzbek President Islam Karimov's residence. Government officials claim 20 terrorists were cornered and quickly blew themselves up, but locals say the guerrillas were fewer in number, and resisted the police for over six hours until they were killed....

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