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Four foreign cyclists killed in Tajikistan traffic incident

Four foreign cyclists killed in Tajikistan traffic incident

The tourists, from the US, Switzerland and the Netherlands, were killed on Sunday. The department said it could not provide more information about the USA citizens due to "privacy concerns", but that US officials were working closely with Tajik authorities.

The footage stops there but, according to reports, the driver and his passengers then got out of the vehicle and assaulted the tourists with fire arms and knives, killing four of them and injuring three others.

RFE/RL reports that additional suspects are wanted by the authorities, including two 19-year-old men and a 21-year-old - the Tajik Interior Ministry published photos of the wanted suspects. The stab victim, whose nationality was not given, was in a stable condition. She survived the incident and was being treated for her injuries in hospital, it said.

Four cyclists were killed - two Americans, one Dutchman, and a Swiss citizen - and at least three others were injured. A statement posted on the Interior Ministry's web site Sunday evening said two suspects were dead.

Four of the cyclists died and three others, including a woman from Switzerland, were injured, Tajik officials said.

The US embassy in Tajikistan confirmed two of the fatalities were US citizens, but did not disclose their names.

The U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan issued a statement early Monday saying it condemns the "cruelty of the attackers and recognize that they in no way represent the kindness and hospitality of the Tajik people".

'We are considering all possibilities, ' Rahimzoda said of the criminal investigation.

Tajikistan had declared 2018 "a year of tourism" and authorities have been cautious about labeling the incident as terrorism.

A State Department official said it was not yet identifying the victims, and referred questions on the incident to local authorities.

Tajikistan is the poorest of the ex-Soviet republics and has been ruled by the iron hand of Rakhmon, 65, since 1992.