Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash
Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to join the Islamic State group in the Middle East have been killed in an apparent confrontation with government forces.
Authorities said that two of Gulmorod Khalimov’s brothers and two nephews were shot dead overnight on July 4 in the Vose district in the southern Khatlon province. A senior police officer, Anvar Huseinov, was hospitalized with chest stab wounds.
Beyond the official statements, media reports have drawn a dramatic but impossible to verify sequence of events. Weekly newspaper Payk said on its website that several of Khalimov’s relatives had been planning that same night to flee from their village, Ibrati, across the border with Afghanistan, some 30 kilometers away. The group was apparently being led by Khalimov’s brother, Sulton.
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