Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Tajikistan probing 'attack' that left four tourists dead

Tajikistan probing 'attack' that left four tourists dead

He described the vehicle crash as "an attack", but said it was too soon to say if it was accidental or deliberate. One of them also had a stab wound.

A "wanted" notice disseminated by Tajik authorities named two suspects aged 18 and 19 from the same village close to the Tajik-Afghan border, and a third one, 21, from the town of Nurek located not far from the site of the attack.

Swiss Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Silvia Mueller said that while the circumstances of the crash were unclear, the Swiss government's travel advice for Tajikistan notes there is a risk of attacks and poor road travel conditions in the Central Asian country. She survived the incident and was being treated for her injuries in hospital, it said.

The Dutch foreign ministry told AFP on Monday that one of the dead tourists was a 56-year-old man who was cycling the route with his 58-year-old partner, without providing names.

Four of the cyclists died and three others, including a woman from Switzerland, were injured, Tajik officials said. The stunning mountainous scenery has traditionally been a strong draw for foreign hikers, cyclists and mountaineers.

The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe confirmed the deaths of American citizens.

The U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan issued a statement early Monday saying it condemns the "cruelty of the attackers and recognize that they in no way represent the kindness and hospitality of the Tajik people".

He said police had detained one suspect and killed another one who resisted arrest.

'We are considering all possibilities, ' Rahimzoda said of the criminal investigation.

Tajik authorities had declared 2018 "a year of tourism" in the former Soviet republic.

Rahmon sent telegrams expressing his condolences to President Donald Trump, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Swiss President Alain Berset, authorities said.

In June, Rakhmon said that state officials found to be soliciting bribes from tourists would be deemed "traitors" and fired from their positions.

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