Thirty-two dead in Tajikistan prison riot

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: No less than 32 individuals had been killed in a jail riot in Tajikistan, together with 19 members of the Islamic State and three guards, authorities stated Monday.

5 inmates and the three guards had been initially killed by prisoners within the violence that erupted on Sunday night, and the others died in clashes with safety forces making an attempt to revive order, the justice ministry stated in a press release.

The jail in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.

The ministry stated the rioters first stabbed to dying three guards, after which 5 different inmates “as a way to intimidate” the others.

They then took different prisoners hostage earlier than opening hearth within the jail’s medical amenities.

“Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group had been killed and 35 others arrested. The hostages had been freed” and calm restored, the assertion stated.

Tajikistan’s inside ministry later specified that 19 of these killed had been convicted for having ties to IS. 5 had been activists of the banned opposition group Islamic Renaissance Social gathering of Tajikistan.

Others had been convicted of varied crimes, together with drug trafficking. The rioters additionally beat and injured 10 inmates, the ministry stated.

Among the many alleged leaders of the riot, the authorities recognized Bekhruz Gulmurod, the son of the previous head of Tajik particular forces who turned a member of the IS management in Syria and was killed there in September 2017.

The 20-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in jail in July 2017 for trying to affix IS in Syria. He was beforehand detained at Dushanbe airport earlier than boarding a flight to Istanbul.

The authorities stated the jail was now functioning usually, with the “scenario at present below management”.

– Second riot in six months –

The jail is a brief drive from Dushanbe, with residential neighbourhoods close by. It homes inmates convicted of varied crimes, together with terror and extremism expenses, and is secured by armed guards.

Households of inmates gathered close to the jail on Monday to search out out if their kinfolk had been protected.

In November 2018, one other riot claimed by IS left 26 individuals lifeless in Khujand, a metropolis within the northeast of the nation.

That riot was initiated by a former IS member looking for to spark a mass escape.

Final week a Tajik court docket sentenced 9 of the jail employees, together with the top of the jail, to jail phrases as much as 4 years of jail for “negligence”.

The jihadist rioters are awaiting sentencing and face new jail phrases starting from 10 to 20 years.

Tajikistan, a poor mountainous nation of 9 million individuals bordering Afghanistan, has suffered from extreme battle because it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The authorities within the majority-Muslim nation have stated that greater than 1,000 Tajiks, together with a high-ranking police officer who defected in 2015, joined IS in Syria and Iraq in recent times.

In July 2018, an assault on overseas biking vacationers left 4 lifeless and two injured. The assault was extensively attributed to IS, though the federal government has refused to acknowledge the hyperlink.—AFP

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