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IS claims deadly Tajik attack as doubts swirl

Almaty - The Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack against a Tajik border post this week, but Central Asia watchers cast doubt on the jihadists' claim as well as official Tajik statements on the incident.

Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack

Dushanbe - Fifteen jihadists were killed in Tajikistan Wednesday during an attack on a border post that officials blamed on members of the Islamic State group who crossed over from Afghanistan.

Thirty-two dead in Tajikistan prison riot

Dushanbe - At least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 19 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.

Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves 32 dead

Dushanbe - A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State militant group and three guards, authorities said Monday.

Tajikistan sentences killer of Western cyclists to life

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced an Islamic State jihadist to life in prison for organising an attack this summer that killed four Western tourists on a cycling trip.

Tajik prison riot leaves 26 dead: security sources

Dushanbe - Twenty-four prisoners and two guards were killed after dozens of inmates rioted at a maximum security prison in northern Tajikistan, security sources said on Thursday.

At least 20 dead in Tajik prison riot: security sources

Dushanbe - Around 20 prisoners and two guards were killed in clashes at a maximum security prison in Tajikistan's northern city of Khujand, two security sources told AFP on Thursday.

Prominent rights lawyer walks free in Tajikistan

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Friday freed a prominent human rights lawyer as Western governments and rights groups stepped up pressure on the authoritarian Central Asian country.

Three climbers, two crew die in Tajikistan helicopter crash

Dushanbe - Three Russian climbers and two Tajik crew members have died in a helicopter "hard landing" in Tajikistan's remote mountainous region, emergency services said Monday.

Tajikistan refutes IS claim of 'terror attack' that killed 4 tourists

Dushanbe - Authoritarian Tajikistan has called for the first time an incident that left four foreign cyclists dead in the Central Asian country a "terror attack" while appearing to refute the Islamic State group's claim of responsibility.

Tajikistan to create 'tourist police' after IS-claimed attack kills 4

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Wednesday pledged to create a "tourist police" force to protect visitors after four tourists were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Cyclists killed in Tajikistan described 'dream' trip

Dushanbe - Cyclists from Europe and the US who were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Tajikistan had described their trip as a "dream come true.

Killers of tourists in Tajikistan 'pledge allegiance' in IS video

Dushanbe - The Islamic State group on Tuesday released a video showing what it said was a pledge of allegiance by the five men accused of murdering European and American tourists in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan attack killing 4 tourists was led by opposition member: police

Dushanbe - Police in Tajikistan Tuesday appeared to blame a banned opposition party for an attack previously claimed by the Islamic State group that left four tourists dead and was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident.

IS claims deadly attack on tourists in Tajikistan

Dushanbe - The Islamic State jihadist group on Monday claimed an attack that killed four foreign cyclists in Tajikistan in what was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident.

Four tourists killed by armed attackers in Tajikistan

Dushanbe - Four foreign cyclists were killed by armed attackers in Tajikistan in what was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident, the Central Asian country's interior minister said Monday.

Armed attackers killed 4 tourists in Tajikistan: police

Dushanbe - Four tourists, including two Americans, were killed in Tajikistan on Sunday by armed attackers in what was originally reported as a hit-and-run road accident, the interior minister said Monday.

Russia, Tajikistan hold anti-Taliban drills near Afghan border

Dushanbe - Russia and Tajikistan on Tuesday began joint military exercises near the Tajik-Afghan border to prepare to ward off potential Taliban attacks.

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, creating tremors felt as far away as Pakistan's capital Islamabad and Tajikistan's Dushanbe.

Tajik leader to feature on university entrance exams

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's leader has become the inspiration for at least two essays to be included in university entrance examinations in a move apparently aimed at boosting his personality cult.

Tajikistan pardons over 100 Syria, Iraq returnees

Dushanbe - Tajikistan has granted amnesty to more than 100 of its nationals following their return home from Syria and Iraq, where they had joined radical Islamist groups, the interior minister said Thursday.

Tajikistan announces official register of gay citizens

Dushanbe - Authoritarian Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.

Tajikistan steps up battle against Islamic clothing

Dushanbe - Clothing factories in Tajikistan are churning out brightly coloured national dresses amid a surge in sales, and it's not just because of the arrival of spring.

US transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Serbia: Pentagon

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday transferred two Guantanamo detainees, one Yemeni and the other Tajik, to Serbia, bringing the population of the controversial US military prison to 76.

Tajikistan in shock as mothers kill themselves, their babies

- Pointing to the leaden waters of the river, Manzura Borbieva recalls the horror of seeing her 21-year-old colleague commit suicide with her baby."That's where she jumped in," she said.

In crisis-hit Tajikistan, a personality cult blossoms

Dushanbe - Along the road passing through an impoverished district of ex-Soviet Tajikistan near the capital Dushanbe, strongman President Emomali Rakhmon's presence is ubiquitous.

Tajikistan okays constitutional changes ending president's term limit

Dushanbe - Voters in Tajikistan have overwhelmingly endorsed changes to the Central Asian country's constitution allowing President Emomali Rakhmon to run for an unlimited number of terms, the elections commission said Monday.

Tajikistan votes in referendum to empower veteran president

Dushanbe - Polls closed in ex-Soviet Tajikistan Sunday in a referendum on constitutional changes almost certain to strengthen the hold of long-time President Emomali Rakhmon and his family over the impoverished Central Asian state.

Tajikistan leader creates holiday in his own honour

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon on Saturday signed a law to create a holiday honouring his autocratic rule in a move that fuels fears of a burgeoning personality cult in the Central Asian state.

Rights groups blast Tajikistan's jailing of lawyers

Dushanbe - Two international rights groups have condemned the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan over its jailing of independent lawyers defending the battered opposition in the Central Asian state.
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