There are still lots of unanswered questions about the recent bout of violence that unsettled Tajikistan. But information that is independently verifiable reveals inconsistencies in official accounts.
Interior Ministry press releases have described two separate assaults in the early hours of September 4 — one in the capital, Dushanbe, and another on a police station in the nearby town of Vakhdat. As of September 8, officials said 26 people, including nine security personnel and 17 suspected militants, had died in the clashes and subsequent sweeps.
The government has described the armed group as a terrorist outfit led by Abduhalim Nazarzoda, who was serving as deputy defense minister right up until the September 4 events. President Emomali Rahmon has suggested vaguely that Nazarzoda’s group was set on “destabilizing the situation.”
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