A image taken from a video released by Daesh's Amaq News Agency on July 31, 2018, allegedly shows the five executors of an attack on foreign tourists on a bike tour in southern Tajikistan. AFP/AMAQ/ Handout
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Iran Tuesday denied accusations by Tajikistan police it was partly responsible for an attack that killed four tourists in the former Soviet republic.Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack Monday but this was rejected by Tajikistan police, who blamed a banned Islamist opposition party, Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.Citing what it said was the confession of a detained suspect, the ministry said the attackers' leader had had undergone "military sabotage" training in Iran and the group planned to flee to Afghanistan after the attack. Ties between Tehran and Dushanbe have been strained since 2015 when IRPT's leader-in-exile Muhiddin Kabiri, who was already on Tajikistan's wanted list, appeared at a conference in Iran.A Daesh outlet published a separate video of five men pledging allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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