Police accuses opposition member over Tajikistan attack killing four tourists
The Islamic State jihadist group yesterday claimed the attack on a group of seven tourists cycling in the Danghara district, about 100 kilometres from Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.
Police in Tajikistan today appeared to blame a banned opposition party for an attack previously claimed by the Islamic State group that left four tourists dead and was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident.
A police statement called a detained man identified as leading an attack that killed two tourists from the United States and one each from Switzerland and the Netherlands an "active member" of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, which was banned in 2015.
Authorities in the Central Asian country offered no immediate proof of the assertion.
According to the police statement Hussein Abdusamadov, 33, who police identified as the leader of the group that attacked the tourists, is an "active member" of the IRPT and also "underwent training in Iran", a country with whom Tajikistan has poor relations.
At least one of the three tourists that survived was stabbed and is being treated in hospital, he told a press conference.
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