Tajikistan's Justice Ministry said three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a riot that broke out in a maximum-security prison.
Authorities said the riot occurred on May 19 in the city of Vahdat, 25 kilometers east of the capital, Dushanbe, after inmates convicted of membership in the extremist group Islamic State (IS) killed three guards and five fellow prisoners with knives.
The rioters were killed when authorities took 'decisive measures...to stabilize the situation,' the ministry said in a statement, without giving any specifics.
It said that the situation was now under control and an investigation has been launched.
The wives of several prisoners who were in a separate block of the facility for conjugal visits said they heard gunshots around 9 p.m. local time. They said the gunfire lasted for around 30 minutes.
Vahdat residents said they witnessed several ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks driving toward the prison.
In November, a riot broke out in a maximum-security prison in the northern city of Khujand. Officials said 21 prisoners and two prison guards were killed.
Government sources speaking on condition of anonymity told RFE/RL at the time that IS supporters convicted of religious extremism and terrorism were behind the unrest.
With reporting by Reuters
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