Two American Cyclists Were Among Four Killed in a Hit-and-Run in Tajikistan

Three others, from Switzerland, the Netherlands and France, were injured.

Tajikistan's Interior Ministry said it was holding four people for potential involvement in "the collision and killing of foreign citizens" after a Daewoo sedan plowed into a group of seven foreign bicyclists about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.

YouTube screenshot Two American and two Dutch cyclists were killed bin the mountains of Tajikistan by a driver that mowed into a bike touring group.

Tajik authorities did not say what the motive was for the attack.

'One tourist received a knife wound and is being given medical assistance.

"Due to privacy concerns, we are unable to share further details".

"We strongly condemn the cruelty of the attackers and recognise that they in no way represent the kindness and hospitality of the Tajik people", it said in a statement.

Another person was arrested and a damaged vehicle believed to have been involved was recovered.

Police are also pursuing other suspects.

"We are looking at versions that this was an accident, armed robbery, murder. The version of a terrorist act is also not being excluded", interior minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda told journalists on Monday.

"One person has been arrested, two others resisted arrest and have been killed", the interior ministry said, without elaborating. He said Afghanistan would have been a more obvious destination on the way to Iran, but they avoided it because it was "too risky".

The Government of Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon - who expressed condolences to the US, Swiss and Dutch authorities on Monday - fought Islamist guerrillas in a 1992-1997 civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Tajikistan has struggled with poverty and instability since the former Soviet republic in Central Asia became independent in 1991.

  • Angelo Rivera