On Sunday, a car hit a group of seven cyclists in the Danghara, Tajikistan. Local media reports that the suspects ‘were armed with knives and attacked the tourists after the car hit the cycling group.’
Two Americans, a Dutch national and Swiss national were killed. Reuters reports that the three other cyclists – one Swiss, one Dutch and one French – were injured, one of them with a stab wound. DutchNews.nl reports that the two cyclists from the Netherlands were husband and wife, and that the husband was killed.
One person has been arrested after a vehicle showing damage was found, and at least two other people were killed during the arrest. The motive for the attack is not yet clear, and law enforcement are considering multiple angles, including robbery and terrorism.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
On 29 July 2018, 7 tourists from western countries were cycling near Danghara in southern Tajikistan when a collision occurred between a vehicle driven by a local man and the cyclists. This appears to have been a deliberate attack. Four of the 7 cyclists were killed by the vehicle’s impact and wounds sustained in a subsequent knife attack carried out by the occupants of the car. This is the first incident of this kind in Tajikistan and the motives are not yet known. In light of this incident we recommend UK tourists to Tajikistan, particularly those hiking or cycling in the southern part, to exercise extreme caution and vigilance during their visit.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tajikistan
- BBC News: Tajikistan ‘attack’ leaves four foreign cyclists dead
- Reuters: Tajikistan says four tourists killed by car in possible terrorist act
- CNN: 2 American cyclists among 4 dead in Tajikistan hit-and-run
- DutchNews.nl: Dutchman among four cyclists killed in crash in Tajikistan
- Deutsche Welle: Western tourists killed in Tajikistan ‘attack’
#UPDATE Four tourists, including two Americans, were killed in Tajikistan by armed attackers in what was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident: interior minister https://t.co/FWJdTeKV8M pic.twitter.com/aRTeFpJLRU
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 30, 2018
This video is said to show an incident in which a car crashed into a group of foreign cyclists in Tajikistan. Officials say the car hit the cyclists before somebody attacked them with firearms and a knife. Four people were killed. pic.twitter.com/ridtuc1ULm
— RFE/RL (@RFERL) July 30, 2018
— RFE/RL (@RFERL) July 29, 2018
Video of tourists killed in Tajikistan shows ‘deliberate attack’ https://t.co/gzBglc2Ql5
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 30, 2018
2 American cyclists were among 4 killed in a hit-and-run in Tajikistan https://t.co/gJWsAZpB65
— TIME (@TIME) July 30, 2018
Terrorism is among the possible motives https://t.co/cJgh7p9fGO
— The Times of London (@thetimes) July 30, 2018
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