‘IS members kill dozens’ in Tajikistan jail riot

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Not less than 29 inmates and three guards have been killed throughout a riot at a high-security jail in Tajikistan, the nation’s justice ministry stated.

A gaggle of Islamic State (IS) members killed the guards earlier than releasing fellow IS convicts and turning on different prisoners, their assertion learn.

Guards then opened fireplace, leaving 24 extra prisoners lifeless.

The ability is residence to 1,500 prisoners and lies within the metropolis of Vakhdat east of the capital Dushanbe.

It’s the second lethal jail riot to hit Tajikistan within the final six months.

The justice ministry assertion stated rioting began on Sunday. IS inmates killed 5 fellow prisoners earlier than taking others hostage and beginning a fireplace.

A few of the inmates are political prisoners, and the ministry stated two of these killed by the convicts had been senior members of the banned opposition Islamic Renaissance Social gathering of Tajikistan (IRPT).

One of many instigators was Bekhruz Gulmurod, a son of Gulmurod Khalimov. Mr Khalimov was a Tajik particular forces soldier who defected to IS and was killed combating in Syria.

Final November, 21 prisoners and two guards had been killed throughout a riot at a maximum-security jail in Khujand, in northern Tajikistan. IS has claimed accountability for the incident.

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