A vehicle has struck a group of cyclists in Tajikistan, killing four tourists from the United States and the Netherlands before fleeing the scene, local officials say.
The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when a vehicle slammed into a group of seven cyclists on a road in Danghara, a district in Khatlon province, about 71 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of the capital Dushanbe.
'(The suspects) had knives and firearms, ' minister Ramazon Hamro Rahimzoda said.
Tajikistan authorities said three other people were injured.
"One tourist received a knife wound and is being given medical assistance". The stab victim, whose nationality was not given, was in a stable condition.
Another was being treated in hospital, while the French citizen survived without injury and was being questioned by the police, he added.
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Two suspects who resisted arrest were killed by police.
"We are considering all possibilities", Rahimzoda said of the criminal investigation.
Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Monday sent notes of condolence to the US, Switzerland and the Netherlands over the deaths.
In a statement, the U.S. embassy in Dushanbe said: "We can confirm that two American cyclists were killed in the Danghara district on 29 July".
Tajikistan has struggled with poverty and instability since the former Soviet republic in Central Asia became independent in 1991.