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Uzbek Police Storm Militant Hideout; Up to 23 Dead
Reuters ^ | March 30 2004 | Shamil Baigin

Posted on 03/30/2004 1:35:21 PM PST by Dog

Uzbek Police Storm Militant Hideout; Up to 23 Dead

By Shamil Baigin TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (Reuters) - Uzbek special forces stormed a suspected Islamic militants' hideout in a Tashkent suburb on Tuesday, leaving up to 23 people dead after a day-long siege, the Interior Ministry said.

One woman evading capture blew herself up, witnesses said. Her severed head went flying over a wall. The battle erupted in Yalangach, two miles from one of President Islam Karimov's residences, a day after explosions killed 19 people in the Central Asian state. Authorities said Islamic militants triggered those blasts.

When Tuesday's firefight had ended, five corpses clad in black and identified by police as "terrorists" lay outside, each with bullet wounds. An Interior Ministry statement read on television said 20 militants had killed themselves.

"In the process of being detained, 20 terrorists blew themselves up. Along with this, three policemen died and five sustained wounds of various seriousness," the statement said.

Residents and officials at the scene said 20 people were killed in the worst violence to grip the state since Soviet times. Twenty people died in 1999 bomb attacks aimed at Karimov.

Western countries and rights groups have criticized the ex-Soviet state for using tough tactics against Islamic opposition, including accusations of widespread torture.

A suburban resident, Farida, said she saw special forces running away from a woman apparently wearing a belt with explosives, who then pursued a bus carrying morning shift workers. But the vehicle sped away.

"Then the police shot her in the leg, she fell down and then she blew herself up," said Farida. "The woman's head flew over the wall and into the courtyard."

TENSIONS HIGH

Tension remained high after dark in Tashkent, a sprawling city dominated by tatty Soviet-era buildings erected after a 1966 earthquake. Soldiers with Kalashnikov rifles stood on corners and only a handful of cars ventured into the streets.

Lyudmila, 76, said elite troops struck unexpectedly. First the special forces turned up like a bolt from the blue, all wearing masks and armed to the teeth," she said. "Then we were hastily evacuated and -- along with our relatives -- heard explosions and the shooting." Monday's blasts, which the prosecutor general blamed on female suicide bombers, raised concern in Washington, which uses an Uzbek airbase for operations in neighboring Afghanistan.

One group accused by authorities denied involvement.

Imran Waheed, a representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain, told Reuters in London he knew of no members linked to the bomb attacks or arrested afterwards.

"We haven't heard of any backlash against the group...," he said. "An intensification in the repression of our members is to be expected."

Uzbekistan sealed its border with Tajikistan to the east, Tajik border authorities said, and Kazakhstan, to the north, also beefed up border security. In Kyrgyzstan, where Islamic militants staged attacks in 2002 and 2003, authorities reinforced police protection of embassies and other sites.

Two groups, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan, voiced fears authorities "might take discriminatory and repressive actions" against religious communities and opposition groups.

"Improving human rights in Uzbekistan...could reduce the threat of terrorism," a joint statement issued in Vienna said.

Russia views the region, also including Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as the "soft underbelly" of the former Soviet Union. Moscow, fighting separatists in its mainly Muslim region of Chechnya, shares Tashkent's concern about Islamist activity or infiltration into the area from Afghanistan.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: centralasia; enemy; hideout; killed; uzbekistan

1 posted on 03/30/2004 1:35:22 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
It was a massacre. Israel should practice restraint, and this does not help peace.

Oh wait a minute. Its Uzbekistan doing this, not the Jewish state of Israel. The UN, EU and the rest of the world will say nothing of this.

2 posted on 03/30/2004 1:38:12 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: Angelus Errare; Coop; Cap Huff; swarthyguy; Boot Hill
20 Jihadists are finding out those 72 virgins don't exist.
3 posted on 03/30/2004 1:38:17 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
"Uzbek Police Storm Militant Hideout; Up to 23 Dead"

Sounds like it wasn't much of a hideout. ;)

Good shooting, Uzbekis!
4 posted on 03/30/2004 1:38:34 PM PST by adam_az (Call your state Republican party office and VOLUNTEER FOR A CAMPAIGN!!!)
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To: Dog
Nice to see the IMU is being dealt with rather handily.

The TV reports said that this all took place a mile or so away from President Karimov's house.
5 posted on 03/30/2004 1:40:26 PM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Dog
The woman's head flew over the wall and into the courtyard."

HEAD'S UP!

6 posted on 03/30/2004 1:40:42 PM PST by scab4faa (Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep..)
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To: Dog
So the woman evading capture decided to split up to improve her chances I guess? That's using her head!
7 posted on 03/30/2004 1:40:48 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Dog
"Then the police shot her in the leg, she fell down and then she blew herself up," said Farida.

Sounds like she lost her head.

8 posted on 03/30/2004 1:41:08 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog
If male suicide bombers get 72 virgins what do female suicide bombers get?
9 posted on 03/30/2004 1:42:02 PM PST by sticker
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To: Dog Gone
Soccer anyone?
10 posted on 03/30/2004 1:42:29 PM PST by marlon
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To: Dog
One woman evading capture blew herself up, witnesses said. Her severed head went flying over a wall.

Blowed up good, blowed up REAL good!

11 posted on 03/30/2004 1:43:37 PM PST by Constitution Day (Over 140,000 FReepers, and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than politics.)
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To: Dog
Uzbekistan is a former "Soviet Socialist Republic"-and kept its highly centralized government: complete with KGB-style troops,etc.

Nonetheless, I don't plan to spend any time worrying about "human rights abuses" , because, when you send suicide bombers to blow up at a bus stop and at a childrens' wear store,I kinda think you forfeit any claim to humanity.
12 posted on 03/30/2004 1:45:17 PM PST by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: adam_az
Geeeeze! Only one head flew over the wall? They'll have to use stronger explosives the next time. If they do, maybe we'll be lucky, and a couple more of their heads will go over the wall.
13 posted on 03/30/2004 1:45:27 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Mario Cuomo as VP? Has America gone mad?)
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To: Dog
Her severed head went flying over a wall.

I fall to pieces ......

Funny, Pakis nail a uzbeki bigwig and all hell breaks loose there.

Kudos to the Uzbekis.

14 posted on 03/30/2004 1:46:15 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: yonif
Western countries and rights groups have criticized the ex-Soviet state for using tough tactics against Islamic opposition, including accusations of widespread torture.

Whaddya mean?
15 posted on 03/30/2004 1:46:17 PM PST by johnb838 (Kerry: Wrong on Defense, Wrong on Taxes. Repeat as necessary.)
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To: sticker
If male suicide bombers get 72 virgins what do female suicide bombers get?

Choice of which number to be.

16 posted on 03/30/2004 1:46:24 PM PST by Dahoser (They RATS are waging war on many fronts. That's the big picture.)
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To: Dog
Her severed head went flying over a wall.

"What's in the road, a head?"

"I'm head over heels for you."

"Goin' outa my head, over you . . . "

17 posted on 03/30/2004 1:49:37 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace
So that's how you give head to Allah..........
18 posted on 03/30/2004 1:56:13 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: swarthyguy
I smell a new event for the olympics, you know to make them interesting to the Al-Jezeera audience........

Measuring the explosive assisted head toss......

19 posted on 03/30/2004 1:58:24 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: blackdog
Talk about heading in the wrong direction . . .
20 posted on 03/30/2004 2:00:10 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace
She got ahead of herself.........
21 posted on 03/30/2004 2:02:05 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Dahoser
With the rules imposed on Islamic females, now her husband can take her out and have a good time without showing her face in public. All the good stuff and none of the bad!

I think we've just witnessed Allah's work. He's created the perfect woman!

22 posted on 03/30/2004 2:08:05 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: blackdog
They gave her a head start.
23 posted on 03/30/2004 2:08:18 PM PST by tractorman
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To: Dog
"Improving human rights in Uzbekistan...could reduce the threat of terrorism," a joint statement issued in Vienna said.

Killing terrorists accomplishes that very same thing.

24 posted on 03/30/2004 2:11:09 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you must; perform without fail that what you resolve.)
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To: scab4faa
""The woman's head flew over the wall and into the courtyard.""

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

25 posted on 03/30/2004 2:12:37 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: swarthyguy
Her severed head went flying over a wall.

heads up...

26 posted on 03/30/2004 2:16:33 PM PST by steveo (My dryer is like watching television. It's a show about wet clothes.)
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To: scab4faa
aack! now I see your post!
27 posted on 03/30/2004 2:17:28 PM PST by steveo (My dryer is like watching television. It's a show about wet clothes.)
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To: johnb838
You won't see a UN security council meet over it.
28 posted on 03/30/2004 2:21:36 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: Rebelbase
Terrorists have compounds, not courtyards.

Courtyards are where innocent little children without explosive belts and nails play.

29 posted on 03/30/2004 2:23:59 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Rebelbase
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

ROFLMHO!

30 posted on 03/30/2004 2:24:40 PM PST by AngryJawa (Whatever.)
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To: AngryJawa
Point value?????????? And let's see her do that on any given sunday and not in a pre-season game!
31 posted on 03/30/2004 2:27:23 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
"Two groups, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan, voiced
fears authorities "might take discriminatory and repressive actions" against religious communities and opposition groups. "

Did any of these schmucks say ANYTHING after the islamo-fascists blew up 19 civilians yesterday?
32 posted on 03/30/2004 2:35:14 PM PST by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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To: blackdog
Point value??????????

Well, we are talking Uzbekistan here, so I'm figuring this as a socceresque (1) point. In soccer, you don't get any extra points by scoring with a header - even if your actual disembodied skull lands in the goal along with the ball.

You know, maybe bomb belts really can make soccer more watchable... 8^)

33 posted on 03/30/2004 2:38:02 PM PST by AngryJawa (Whatever.)
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To: Dog
What a surprise they are going to get when they find out they are some of the virgins.

But on the brighter side, more oxygen for me to breath now that they have departed.

34 posted on 03/30/2004 2:42:33 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Dog
"In the process of being detained, 20 terrorists blew themselves up."

I'm ashamed of myself for having missed this nugget of joy the first time I read the article. These animals are just f***ed up beyond words.

35 posted on 03/30/2004 2:45:04 PM PST by AngryJawa (Whatever.)
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To: sticker
They only have to wear the burkha's on weekdays.
36 posted on 03/30/2004 3:19:51 PM PST by Mr.Clark (From the darkness....I shall come)
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To: sticker
If male suicide bombers get 72 virgins what do female suicide bombers get?

They get 72 horny bearded camel humpers looking for a hairless boy,But have to settle for her.

37 posted on 03/30/2004 4:37:29 PM PST by HP8753 ("Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon, windage and elevation." John Wayne)
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To: Dog; Angelus Errare
UPI Update via TASS! This is the 21st Century! an attack on the American Embassy!

The Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported a firefight at a checkpoint guarding access to the U.S. embassy in Tashkent. Eight gunmen were killed in the confrontation, ITAR-Tass said

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040330-022006-4548r


38 posted on 03/30/2004 5:25:15 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: sticker
I've been wondering about that!

Maybe 72 studs for a continuous orgasm?
39 posted on 03/30/2004 5:51:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Dog
>> Her severed head went flying over a wall.

I think she was blasting out of a sand trap.

40 posted on 03/30/2004 6:31:39 PM PST by T'wit ("I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president!" -- Hillary)
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To: Dog
20 Jihadists are finding out those 72 virgins don't exist.

When they arrived at the pearly gates, a huge crowd (including Thomas Jefferson, Robert E Lee etal) jumped them and started beating them senseless saying "It was a typo, idiots, It was Virginians not virgins."

41 posted on 03/30/2004 6:42:08 PM PST by zip
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To: swarthyguy; BOBWADE; Mrs Zip
Her severed head went flying over a wall.

I fall to pieces ......

Another song came to mind - I ain't got nobody.

42 posted on 03/30/2004 6:49:56 PM PST by zip
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To: swarthyguy
"The Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported a firefight at a checkpoint guarding access to the U.S. embassy in Tashkent. Eight gunmen were killed in the confrontation, ITAR-Tass said "

Good article, thanks.

43 posted on 03/30/2004 7:23:48 PM PST by blam
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To: Dog
"Then the police shot her in the leg, she fell down and then she blew herself up," said Farida. "The woman's head flew over the wall and into the courtyard."

Good shot.

44 posted on 03/30/2004 10:02:53 PM PST by Nachum
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To: AngryJawa
These animals are just f***ed up beyond words.

That's it! A new name for them:

FUBAR

(F*'d up beyond recognition)

45 posted on 03/30/2004 10:09:05 PM PST by Nachum
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To: sticker
Vibrators and Die Hard batterioes..
46 posted on 03/31/2004 10:55:03 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: blackdog
BAD! Bad Blackdog!
47 posted on 03/31/2004 11:56:53 AM PST by BayouCoyote (In all, 561 Serb houses were set on fire and 35 Serb Orthodox churches and monasteries destroyed.)
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To: Dog
Ping.
48 posted on 04/01/2004 10:29:23 AM PST by swarthyguy
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