Tajikistan’s most active opposition party has been hit by a spate of attacks in recent weeks, at least two of which appear linked to late July clashes between government security troops and armed groups in the restive autonomous province of Gorno-Badakhshan.
A local leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT) was killed and another disappeared in Gorno-Badakhshan at about the same time government troops targeted armed groups there. Now, an IRPT party office near Dushanbe appears to have been torched by arsonists.
Thirty-two-year-old Sabzali Mahmadrizoev, the head of the party in Gorno-Badakhshan, reportedly disappeared shortly after being detained for speaking at a protest rally in Badakhshan’s main city Khorog on July 23. His body was found three days later near an army base outside the town. An IRPT spokesman described Mahmadrizoev’s death as “premeditated murder” and blames security officials. The party has demanded an investigation.
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