American Cyclists Among 4 Killed in Hit-and-Run in Tajikistan

Two Americans among four tourists killed in a hit-and-run accident during a bike tour in Tajikistan

Two Americans among four tourists killed in a hit-and-run accident during a bike tour in Tajikistan

AFP, quoting an unnamed source at the ministry, had earlier reported that two Dutch nationals were in the group. Three others were hurt.

Two Americans were among four tourists killed and another three were injured during a bike tour in southern Tajikistan on Sunday when a auto hit them before fleeing the scene, authorities said. Three others were injured. Three others suffered non-life threatening injuries, the report reads.

In a statement posted on its verified Facebook page, the US Embassy in the Central Asian nation said, "In working closely with Tajik authorities, we can confirm that two American cyclists were killed in the Danghara district on July 29". It's unclear if the incident was intentional or an accident, the Tajikistan Interior Ministry said on its website.

A 21-year-old man was detained in connection with the alleged hit-and-run, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

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Two American cyclists were among four killed and three injured in the Danghara district of the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan on Sunday, when a auto hit them before fleeing the scene, US authorities said.

The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when a vehicle slammed into a group of seven cyclists on a road in Danghara, a district in Khatlon province, about 71 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of the capital Dushanbe.

This is a developing story.

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