Tajikistan: Citizens Doling Out Violence to Law Enforcers
The southern Tajikistan region of Khatlon has seen two vicious attacks on law enforcement officials in the space of a few days.
RFE/RL’s Tajik service, Radio Ozodi, reported that overnight on May 13 an officer with the State Committee for National Security, the successor agency to the KGB, was hospitalized with 24 stab wounds after being assaulted by persons unknown. The incident occurred in the center of the regional capital, Kulob.
And then on the evening of May 16, two people assaulted a 24-year old police officer, again in Kulob and around 100 meters from the earlier attack. The policewoman, Maryam Sharifzoda, also had to be treated for her wounds in hospital.
With almost a week having passed since the first incident, police have reported no progress in investigations. Their only comment on the attacks is that they took place.
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