Two were wounded and that prompted relatives to complain that they had no one to complain to when the militia acted so violently. Officials responded that the population was to blame, having fired shots earlier and then having attacked a militia car. Because of the region’s isolation, it is difficult to determine with certainty who is correct.
But one thing is clear: Dushanbe now faces a situation in which the population is very much against it, and the authorities will either have to apply even more force than they have up to now, likely leading to deaths, or give up on any hope they may have to establish full control there.
In either case, it appears likely that radicals in Afghanistan just over the border will be watching and likely will try to exploit the situation, moves that could affect not only this highland region and Tajikistan but Central Asia more generally. That is because this region is the gateway not just to Dushanbe but to the other countries in the region as well.