Tajik Police Say 17 Killed In ‘Terrorist’ Attacks

Tajik officials say eight police officers and nine alleged assailants have been killed in attacks in and around the capital, in attacks the government blamed on a deputy defense minister.

The Interior Ministry website said a “terrorist group” led by Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda, also known as Hoji Halim, launched a predawn attack on September 4 on the Vahdat district police headquarters and later clashed with security forces near the Dushanbe International Airport.

Police say nine attackers were killed by security forces and six others were detained. Authorities say a search operation is under way to arrest Nazarzoda, who escaped from the scene.