Explosion in Dushanbe

by Joshua Foust on 11/14/2007 · 1 comment

There was an explosion near the Kokhi Vahdat, the Palace of Unity, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It is the site where an international conference on natural disasters was to be hosted, and is being labeled a “terrorist act.” Police are identifying the man who apparently discovered the explosive and was killed as a 77-year old janitor by RFE/RL, a street sweeper by Ferghana.ru, and a security guard by RIA Novosti and Reuters.

Whatever his occupation, he is so far the only victim. Police are investigating.

Update: Ian translates Vadim’s quite-needed skepticism of the term “terrorism” to describe the explosion. Perhaps, as he says, this should spur more aid and cooperation? Nah—not with this administration.


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Ataman Rakin November 15, 2007 at 5:33 am

Yes, likely one more setup and little ‘let’s-scare-the-foreigners-so-that-we-can-sell-our-terrorism-problem’ performance.

Same with those who tried to put Saipov’s murder on the Hizb-ut-Tahrir recently.

A EU conference is a soft target, contrary to US facilities who are more heavily guarded. A friend who was on the site just after the supposed ‘terror attack’ saw neither a corpse nor blood of the floor. Besides, the explosion was supposed to be outside, while all the broken glass was laying outside. :)))

Maybe they’ll even find a couple of suckers or bomzhi and make them ‘confess’ that they acted on the orders of the IMU or the IJU. It’s all as thin as hell really.

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