The person inflicting stab wounds on two Russian servicemen in the city of Bokhtar, the capital of Khatlon province, has become known.  

Umarjon Emomali, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, says the assailant has been identified as a 21-year-old resident of the Vakhsh district of Khatlon Ahliddin Abulloyev. 

The incident took place on September 21.  According to Emomali Abdulloyev is suffering from a mental illness.  

The Khatlon regional prosecutor’s office says Ahliddin Abdulloyev has been treated in a regional psychiatric hospital since 2006.  

The Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan is Russia's largest non-naval military facility outside the country.  It was officially opened in Tajikistan in 2004 under a previous agreement, which was signed in 1993, and hosts Russia’s largest military contingent deployed abroad.

A total of some 7,000 Russian troops are now stationed at two military facilities collectively known as the 201st military base - in Dushanbe and Bokhtar (formerly Qurghon Teppa, some 100 kilometers from Dushanbe.

In October 2012, Moscow and Dushanbe signed a lease agreement under which the military base will be deployed in Tajikistan until 2042.