Tajikistan prison bloodbath blamed on IS

A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State terrorist group and three guards.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State terrorist group and three guards.

The riot erupted on Sunday night at the prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometers east of the capital, Dushanbe. It holds 1,500 inmates.

Authorities said prisoners first stabbed to death the three guards and then five inmates "to intimidate" the others. Then they took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the prison's medical facilities.

"Following a reprisal operation 24 members of this group were killed and 25 others arrested," Justice Ministry officials announced. "The hostages were freed" and calm restored.

Among leaders of the riot, Tajik authorities identified the 20-year-old son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became an IS leader in Syria, where he was killed in 2017.

And last November another prison riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand in Tajikistan's northeast.