MOSCOW- Four tourists traveling through Tajikistan on bicycles were killed when a vehicle drove into them Sunday, and officials in the former Soviet republic regarded as an fanatical plan amongst the possible intentions for the “attack” after police imprisoned believes armed with knives and artilleries, the country’s home minister remarked Monday.
Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry said it was bracing four people for potential involvement in “the collision and killing of foreign citizens” after a Daewoo sedan plowed into a group of seven foreign bicyclists about 100 kilometers( 60 miles) south of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. Four of the cyclists died in the hit-and-run crash, according to the ministry.
Two of child victims were American, the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan remarked. One was Swiss, and another was from the Netherlands, foreign and Tajik officials said.
Three other cyclists, including a woman from Switzerland, were injured. Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda told reporters Monday that one of the survivors had bayoneted meanders and police met bayonets and artilleries with some of the doubts. He described the car disintegrate as “an attack, ” but said it was too soon to say if it was accidental or deliberate.
“We are considering all possibilities, including a road accident, slaying and others, ” Rakhimzoda supposed. “At this quality, we cannot announce with confidence that a terrorist act or some other violation has been committed.”
During the morning press conference in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, Rakhimzoda said one suspect had been killed. A word positioned on the Interior Ministry’s web site Sunday evening added two suspects were dead. The incompatibility had not been able be instantly explained.
The State Department issued a statement Monday denouncing what it called a “senseless attack” and showing “deepest condolences” to the families of the people killed. The department said it could not provide more information about the U.S. citizens due to “privacy relates, ” but that U.S. officials were working closely with Tajik authorities.
Swiss Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Silvia Mueller said that while the circumstances of the crash were unsure, the Swiss government’s traveling advice for Tajikistan memoes there is a risk of assaults and poor street movement conditions in the Central Asian country.
“Should it turn out to have been a terrorist act, this would be recorded in the travel advice, ” Mueller said.
The State Department helped Americans manager abroad to monitor government advisories for updates on where it is safe to travel.