Four tourists killed by car in possible terrorist act in Tajikistan

Tajikistan

The nationalities of the two other cyclists are not clear.

The men in the auto then attacked the survivors with knives and guns, the interior ministry said.

A traveler on the M41 road (also called Pamir highway), crossing the Pamir plateau in Tajikistan.

One of the victims - it is unclear which - had a stab wound and a Belgian hitch hiker who arrived at the scene was told by one of the injured people that the vehicle occupants got out and stabbed the cyclists. Four cyclists were killed - two Americans, one Dutchman, and a Swiss citizen - and at least three others were injured.

Tajikistan's Interior Ministry said it was holding four people for potential involvement in "the collision and killing of foreign citizens" after a Daewoo sedan plowed into a group of seven foreign bicyclists about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. Authorities have also arrested a third suspect and recovered a damaged auto they believe was involved in the case. One other person was resisting arrest and was "eliminated" as a suspect.


Tajikistan had declared 2018 "a year of tourism" and authorities have been cautious about labeling the incident as terrorism.

"We are looking into all versions - accident, robbery ... including a terrorist act", Ramazon Rakhimzoda told a briefing.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon sent the leaders of each country a telegram expressing condolences Monday. One of them was detained, one was liquidated and three are on the run.

The mountains and valleys of Central Asia are an enticing but sometimes unsafe destination for adventure travellers. The Pamir highway is said to be the second highest road on earth.

Tajikistan is one of the poorest former Soviet republics and has struggled with poverty and instability since its independence in 1991.

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