Helicopter Crash in Tadjikistan – 28 Dead

According to the Kazakh news agency Khabar – which cites the Tajik news agency “Asia-Plus” as a source – a helicopter of the Tadjik national guard crashed leaving all 28 passengers dead. The crash happened on the morning of October 6, 2010 during an “anti-terrorist operation” 190 km east of Dushanbe, the capital of Tadjikistan. In addition to the crew of four, 21 members of the elite unit “Alpha” were also killed. Preliminarily the cause is attributed to technical problems of the helicopter, however the incident is under investigation.

Only recently, in September 2010 23 Tadjik soldiers were killed in a ‘terrorist attack’ writes The Telegraph:

The attack occurred on Sunday afternoon 150 miles east of the capital Dushanbe, in the moutainous and inaccessible Racht valley, where the
soldiers were to rejoin a security post.

Military forces are leading operations in the region to try to find 25 fugitives with suspected links to al-Qaeda, who escaped from a Dushanbe prison in
August after killing six prison guards. The fugitives were believed to have headed to the Racht valley, authorities said.

Does look like a new front, doesn’t it.