Deadly attacks on Tajik ministries, US embassy shuts

Two attacks in and around Tajikistan’s capital, purportedly linked to the deputy defense minister, have left at least eight police dead. The US embassy was closed immediately, and warned of more possible violence.

According to reports issued by police and the Tajik interior ministry, the first attack on Friday took place just east of the capital in Vahdat, site of the defense and interior ministries, and was carried out by a “terrorist group.”

“On 4th of September 2015 at 04:28 hours by organized criminal group was an armed attack on the [Ministry of Internal Affairs] in Vahdat, and the central office of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan. As a result, this terrorist group seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition,” read an interior ministry statement.

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Source News: DW