President of Turkmenistan reshuffles security officials

The president of Turkmenistan has reshuffled senior security officials amid continued tension in neighboring Afghanistan.

State media reported Wednesday that Guichgelgy Khodzhaberdiyev was fired as head of the security services, a job he has occupied since October.

It said President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov also replaced the long-serving head of the state border service, Myrat Yslamov.

Little information emerges from the deeply secretive energy-rich former Soviet state, but changes among senior security personnel appear to reflect recurring anxieties about public order, particularly as the economy is experiencing a slowdown.

Despite concerns over unrest across its border with Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, which pursues a policy of neutrality, has rejected all international military assistance.