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Iran Rejects Accusations of Involvement in the Attack on Cyclists in Tajikistan

Wednesday 1 August 2018

TEHRAN (PressTV) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has slammed a terrorist attack in Tajikistan that killed four Western tourists, expressing Tehran’s readiness to help Dushanbe investigate the incident.

Bahram Qassemi
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman
(Photo: PressTV)

“We condemn any act of terror in different parts of the world, including the recent incident against foreign tourists in Tajikistan”, Qassemi said on Tuesday. He also criticized accusations made in a statement by Tajikistan’s interior ministry against Iran:

The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly denies any link with this incident and the existence of any base inside its territory for training [terrorists to carry out] acts of sabotage.

Iran is also ready to cooperate with Tajik authorities to investigate all aspects of the terrorist attack, he added.

Police in Tajikistan on Tuesday linked an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group that killed four tourists to a banned Islamist opposition group and Iran. In a statement on Monday, the IS claimed that a “detachment from the soldiers of the Caliphate” had carried out the attack. However, a Tajik police statement on Tuesday ignored the IS claim and said the chief detained suspect was a member of a banned Islamist opposition party and had undergone “military sabotage” training in Iran.

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