Two Tajik road workers who were kidnapped by gunmen near Afghan border a few days before have been released.
Mohammad Ulughzoda, a spokesman of State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan (SCNS) confirmed the release but did not provide further details.
However, a spokesperson for the country’s border guard service has said that Monday’s release was negotiated.
Tajikistan had claimed that the gunmen had crossed border into Shuro-obod district of Khatlon province from bordering Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.
Reports suggest that the road workers were brought into Afghanistan and the release was secured with the assistance of influential figures in this side of the border.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon had ordered all necessary measures to ensure the release of the hostages.