The Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda today gave a press conference on the deadly incident involving foreign cyclists that took place in Danghara district on July 29.

“Full picture of what happened in Danghara is still unclear,” Rahimzoda told reporters in Dushanbe.

As a result of special operation launched by the law enforcement authorities, one person was detained in connection with the deadly incident and one another suspect resisted arrest and was killed yesterday evening, the minister said.

Three other suspects reportedly escaped arrest and they are currently wanted by police.   

“The killed suspect had firearms with him.  Therefore, it should be noted that the wanted criminals are armed with guns and cold arms,” Rahimzoda said.  

He further added that one of hospitalized injured foreign tourists – national of France – had sustained stab wound.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office has given this case under its control and the investigative group on this incident is led by Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmon.  

The law enforcement authorities are considering several versions of the Danghara deadly incident, including traffic accident, armed robbery and terrorist act.  

Recall, four foreign cyclists, including two Americans, one national of Switzerland and one national of the Netherlands, were killed and three others injured during a bike tour in Danghara district on July 29 when a car hit them before fleeing the scene.