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Iran dismisses accusation of Involvement into attack on foreign tourists in Tajikistan
Central Asia | politics | 09:57, 01 August 2018 | 643

AKIPRESS.COM - Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned an attack in Tajikistan that killed four foreign tourists, strongly denying accusation of having a role in the brutal attack, Tasnim reports.

In comments on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Iran condemns any terrorist activity in any part of the world, including the recent attack on tourists in Tajikistan.

He also dismissed a statement from Tajikistan’s interior ministry that claims Iran had a role in training perpetrators of the attack, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly denies any connection with this incident or the existence of any base on its soil for training acts of sabotage.”

Voicing Iran’s readiness to help Tajik officials in their investigations into the murders, Qassemi said baseless allegations would be detrimental to the brotherly ties between Iran and Tajikistan.

He expressed the hope that Tehran and Dushanbe would boost interaction and prevent the enemies from damaging their relations by raising such accusations.

Tajikistan has blamed the Islamic Renaissance Party for being behind the attack that killed four tourists from the US, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Law enforcement agencies of Tajikistan said they are considering several motives, a terrorist attack among them. On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry of Tajikistan said the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan is linked with the murder of tourists, while one of attackers obtained ideological and military training in Iran.

On July 29, four foreign cyclists (2 Americans, one Swiss and one Dutch) died in Danghara district of Tajikistan after hit by car and then stabbed by assailants. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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