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Tajik Suicide Bomber's Father Publicly Disowns His Sons

SUGHD, Tajikistan -- The father of a suspected suicide bomber in Tajikistan says he has publicly disowned his sons, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The Tajik National Security Committee department in Sughd province announced on October 5 that Akmal Karimov, whom it identified as a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), carried out a suicide bomb attack in the northern city of Khujand on September 3. That attack, believed to be the first ever suicide bombing in Tajikistan, killed four police officers and injured 26.

Security officials say three suspects have been detained during an investigation. One of them is Firdaus Karimov, the suspected suicide bomber's brother.

Qurbon Karimov, the father of the two men, told RFE/RL he has publicly disowned his sons for "joining a terrorist group and killing so many people."