Another seven fugitives that escaped from a detention center in Dushanbe in late August will soon be put back behind bars. According to the Afghan Ministry of Interior, the escapees were captured in Tahor province in northern Afghanistan on December 19. A spokesperson for Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said the fugitives were detained in a joint operation by Tajik and Afghan security agencies.
The escapees were most probably pushed to cross the border into Afghanistan by Tajik police and army units that had recently stepped up their efforts in Tajikistan’s Khatlon region that borders on Afghanistan to hunt down the remaining fugitives. The detainment brings the number of escapees from the Tajik prison that remain at large down to eight.