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Afghanistan-based extremists spark terror fears in Central Asia

Islamic State's branch beefing up propaganda to recruit Uzbek, Tajik fighters

Afghanistan's ruling Taliban inspect the scene of an operation against Islamic State militants at a hideout on the outskirts of Kabul in November 2021.   © EPA/Jiji

FREDERICTON, Canada -- The killing of two suspected militants by Tajikistan's security forces is fanning fresh worries in Central Asia over the Taliban's ability to prevent attacks by Afghanistan-based terror groups, analysts say.

Tajik authorities said the pair sneaked across the border from Afghanistan in late April and were shot dead in a counterterrorism operation, which turned up a stash of weapons, ammunition and explosives. They gave few details, but said the militants had planned a terror attack in Tajikistan, marking the latest in a string of incidents linked to militants inside Afghanistan.

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