Armed attacks kill at least 10 in Tajikistan

Tajikistan Government blames deputy defence minister for attacks that kill 10 people

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Recent events cause tension in Tajikistan.

At least eight police officers and two gunmen have been killed, after attacks in Tajikistan's Vahdat City and the capital Dushanbe on Friday.

The attacks are being blamed on Tajikistan’s deposed deputy defence minister.

Officials believe that forces loyal to deposed deputy defence minister and a major general for the Tajik army, Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, were behind the attacks.

Nazarzoda was fired on Friday by President Imomali Rakhmon, who is known to be a close ally of Russia.

The United States Embassy in a statement on its website said, it had closed due to the clashes that “may be precursors to other acts of violence."

Tensions has erupted after the Central Asian country’s only registered Islamic political party was prohibited just a week ago, which Nazarzoda is also a member of.

Following this, was an alleged excessive use of force by police against a 23-year-old student, Umar Bobojonov, because he refused to shave his beard.

The interior ministry said, there is no sign of a connection between the gun attacks and the beating of Bobojonov, who is still being treated in a hospital and waiting to regain consciousness.

Tajikistan is a former Soviet Republic, that is predominantly Muslim, with approximately eight million citizens, but its secular government is known for cracking down on anything it considers to be extremist.



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