Not less than 17 individuals died after Islamic State (IS) group militants attacked a border put up on Tajikistan’s border with Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities mentioned.
The 20 fighters attacked at 03:00 native time (22:00 GMT), killing a border guard and a police officer however dropping 15 males within the ensuing firefight, they mentioned.
IS has not confirmed its involvement.
Police have closed roads within the space, whereas Uzbek border authorities are reportedly watching the state of affairs.
Islamic State lures Central Asians
5 of the militants had been captured after the assault, which passed off 60km (37 miles) south-west of the Tajik capital Dushanbe.
Pictures from the scene launched by Tajikistan’s inside ministry present our bodies – some badly burned – mendacity round numerous automobiles.
The state-run Khovar information company mentioned the attackers crossed into the nation from Afghanistan on three November.
The assault got here a day after Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reportedly agreed to settle a long-running border dispute, with the goal of signing a deal earlier than the tip of the yr.
IS has claimed a number of assaults in Tajikistan previously.
In Might, IS militants killed dozens in a jail riot east of Dushanbe, whereas a gaggle of attackers who pledged allegiance to IS killed 4 overseas cyclists final yr.