Tajikistan forces kill 13 in prison riot

08 November 2018 16:34 Australia Desk

Thirteen inmates have been killed during a prison riot in northern Tajikistan.

Tajik security forces have killed at least 13 inmates at a high-security prison in the northern city of Khujand where a riot broke out, security sources say.

Local authorities confirmed there had been a riot at the prison, but provided no other information. Khujand lies around 300km north of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.

According to an interior ministry official not authorised to comment publicly, the riot started when one inmate regarded by the authorities as a member of the Islamic State militant group attacked a prison guard.

The prison called in security forces to help quash the riot, which had now ended, said a security official.

Tajikistan, an impoverished Central Asian country, routinely reports detentions and convictions of Islamist militants.

Last July, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack which killed four Western tourists in Tajikistan.

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