#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: The overnight assault, carried out not far from the Tajik capital Dushanbe, also left a soldier and policeman dead, authorities in the ex-Soviet republic said.
Seventeen people were killed in attack on a border post in Tajikistan blamed on Islamic State jihadists (AFP Photo/) AFP.Com/
It was the latest bout of jihadist violence to shake the mountainous and impoverished Central Asian nation, which has been battling an Islamist insurgency: It came as the country prepared to celebrate its Constitution Day on Wednesday and with long-serving President Emomali Rakhmon on a visit to Europe.
The interior ministry said about 20 armed assailants attacked the Ishkobod border post some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Dushanbe at 3:23 am local time.
Clashes erupted and “15 members of an armed criminal group were neutralised and four more attackers detained,” the ministry said in a statement.
The interior ministry released photographs showing the bodies of several black-clad men on the ground next to a burnt-out vehicle at the scene of the clash, with automatic rifles lying nearby: The border guard service said that captured assailants had admitted to crossing illegally into the country from Afghanistan on Sunday.
“All are members of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ terrorist group,” the service said in a statement.
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