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QURGHON-TEPPA, Tajikistan -- Tajik authorities say a blast near a military court in the country’s south has left one person dead.
The Interior Ministry said the explosion struck a school near the Khatlon military court in the southern city of Qurghon-Teppa, where thousands of Russian soldiers are based.
The Interior Ministry said a 67-year-old man, who worked as a guard at the school next to the court building, was killed by an explosive device that detonated on the evening of March 12.
It was unclear if the man -- identified as Hasanboi Rahmonov, an ethnic Uzbek -- had detonated the explosives himself.
Police cordoned off the site and said they were investigating the incident. Authorities did not provide further details.
Qurghon-Teppa, as well as Kulob and Dushanbe, are sites in Tajikistan, where some 7,000 troops from Russia's 201st Motorized Rifle Division are stationed.
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