Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan

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

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

If confirmed by authorities, this would be the first time Americans have been killed in a terrorist attack outside the US since an August 2017 attack in Barcelona. One sustained a knife wound and was receiving medical assistance.

A view of a bridge to Afghanistan across Panj river in Panji Poyon border outpost, south of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 2008.

Four tourists, including two Americans, were killed in Tajikistan on Sunday by armed attackers in what was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident, the interior minister said Monday.

The dead were two people from the United States, one from Switzerland and one from the Netherlands.

The Tajik government says a banned Islamic group is behind the weekend's attack on a group of foreign cyclists which left four people, including one Dutchman, dead and three in hospital. Three more remained at large, including the owner of the vehicle which is believed to have hit the tourists.

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The driver, who was identified as a 21-year-old man, fled the scene but was arrested a short time later, the ministry said. The Tajik government accused a banned Islamist party of being behind the attack and the Islamic State also claimed responsibility. Tajikistan's interior minister said that, after striking the cyclists, the people in the auto got out and attacked them with a firearm and a knife. He said Afghanistan would have been a more obvious destination on the way to Iran, but they avoided it because it was "too unsafe". Another suspect was detained. "Our condolences go out to the victims' families, and we will continue to work with Tajik authorities in the ongoing investigation", the Facebook statement reads in part.

In a statement, ISIS said that a "detachment from the soldiers of the Caliphate" had carried out the attack against 'citizens of Crusader coalition countries, ' according to intelligence monitor SITE.

The U.S. Embassy did not immediately disclose further details of the victims' identities due to privacy concerns.

The British embassy in Tajikistan updated its regular travel advice for tourists following the incident.

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