Two Americans cyclists among four dead in Tajikistan hit-and-run

2 American Cyclists Among 4 Killed in Hit-and-Run in Tajikistan

Interior Ministry officials said the suspected perpetrators of the incident, which took place at 3:30 p.m., fled the scene, but that one of them was later killed in a confrontation with police.

Three other cyclists in the group sustained light injuries and sought medical help.

A group of seven cyclists was heading north in Danghara district, about 55 miles southeast of the capital Dushanbe, when they were struck by a auto with five armed people onboard on Sunday.

Two were from the United States, one the Netherlands and one Switzerland. He described the vehicle crash as "an attack", but said it was too soon to say if it was accidental or deliberate. "Our condolences go out to the victims' families, and we will continue to work with Tajik authorities in the ongoing investigation", U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe said in a statement.

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.

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

One suspect has been detained while one was killed.

Initial police accounts described the event as a traffic accident, although officials have since revealed that they are considering a range of possibilities, including murder, robbery, terrorism or that the collision was unintentional. "The version of a terrorist act is also not being excluded", Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda said.

Tajikistan authorities said three other people were injured.

Tajikistan is one of the poorest former Soviet republics and has struggled with poverty and instability since its independence in 1991.

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