Tajikistan: Authorities pin fresh deadly prison riot on Islamic State

A riot broke out at a high-security penitentiary outside Tajikistan’s capital over the weekend, claiming more than 30 fatalities among guards and prisoners.

Authorities said on May 20 that they believe the Islamic State group was responsible for stoking the unrest. Tajik officials routinely pin similar unrest on militant or opposition groups, but it is not possible to definitively verify such claims.


Almost all that is known about what happened at Kirpichniy prison,...