TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (Reuters) - Explosions in the Uzbek capital Tashkent and ancient city of Bukhara have killed 19 people and were aimed at splitting the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, senior Uzbek officials said Monday.
"This has been committed by the hands of international terror... That's the hallmark of the terrorist acts we have already witnessed abroad," Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev said. "Attempts are being made to split the international anti-terror coalition."
Prosecutor General Rashid Kadyrov said 19 people had been killed and 26 hurt. Uzbekistan is a close Washington ally in the U.S.-led "war on terror" in neighboring Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan is a totalitarian dictatorship ... and a close ally of the U.S.
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