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THREATENED HOSTILITIES. (REUTER’S TELEGRAMS — OOPYRIG OT. ) (Received April 10, 11 25 a.m.) London, April 8. Intelligence is to hand to the effect that General Komaroff, the Russian Governor of the Trans-Caspian, attacked the Afghans on the March, on the banks of the Khusk River. During the engagement the Afghans lost fully 500 men, and the latter were eventually severely defeated, the whole of their artillery and camp equipment falling into the hands of the Russians. The Russian loss comprised 11 killed and 29 wounded. St. Peteesbuoh, April 9. A despatch received by the Russian Government from Komaroff is to hand stating they bad made an attack on the troops of the Ameer of Afghanistan, on account of the hostile movement made by them. General Komaroff reports after defeating the Afghans he retired from the position. London, April 9 The Times publishes a telegram from their correspondent at Ghuarin, near Herat, giving details of an encounter between the Russian and Afghan troops on the 30th. The correspondent states that the pretext for the attack was the change in the position of the Afghan outpost Penjdeh. The Afghan? are stated to have fought with great stubbornness, and the Russian loss is large. Komaroffs forces did not pursue the Afghans on their retreat. A number of British officers witnessed the battle and afterwards rejoined Sir Peter Lumsden at Herat. (Received April 9, 3 p.xn.) London, April 9. In the House of Commons to-day, Mr Gladstone made a statement regarding the outbreak of hostilities on the Afghan frontier. The Premier stated that information had reached the Government that the Afghans gave no provocation for the attack made upon them by the Russian General Komaroff. He added that the British ; Cabinet had demanded an explanation from the Russian Government as to the occurrence. St. Petersburg, April 9. . M. Giers, Minister for Foreign Affairs, waited upon the British Ambassa- , dor last night, and expressed the Czar’s ( hope that the Russo-Afghan incident ( would not have the effect of stopping e the parleying which was proceeding between England and Russia on the frontier question. M. Giers added that the Russian officers in Central Asia were unaware of the agreement arrived at between England and Russia on the ■ 13th ult, that no advance should take place on either side in Afghanistan , pending the negotiations on the frontier ] question. 1

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ANGLO-RUSSIA DIFFICULTIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885

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ANGLO-RUSSIA DIFFICULTIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885