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

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