Tajik Forces Allegedly Killed Gorno-Badakhshan Leader

Tajikistan security forces have been accused of killing a local leader in the restive Gorno-Badakhshan region which borders Afghanistan and China.

“Mamadbokir Mamadbokirov, 59, was killed by sniper fire on May 22 and he was under government forces hunting for several months,” Eurasianet reported. 

The Tajikistan Interior Ministry claimed that Mamadbokirov was killed during an internal fight among his own fighters.

“Mamadbokirov was the main organizer of the protest in the Gorno-Badakhshan region on May 16,” the ministry said.

Tajikistan launched an investigation into the incident.

According to Eurasianet, at least 25 people have been killed since Tajikistan security forces announced launching what it has described as an “anti-terror operation” on the restive region. 

Tajik authorities have detained at least 200 people and many of them were allegedly supporters of Mamadbokirov.

“Mamadbokirov was given one week to surrender himself to the Tajki forces and he was killed when his supporters attempted to block Dushanbe to Khorog highway,” Eurasianet reported, citing an anonymous local source.

It is not clear if the killing of Mamadbokirov would stop the ongoing unrest in Gorno-Badakhshan, or would fuel more protests and conflict.

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