Days before my arrival in Dushanbe, a prison riot in the northern city of Khujand, allegedly sparked by Islamic state militants, led to the deaths of over 20 inmates and several guards, raising a few eyebrows in the office.
When asked by colleagues on my return whether I had noticed any security reaction, my perhaps unilluminating answer was that I had been slightly put out to find Facebook not updating (the authorities had blocked social media and news sites after the incident). But aside from that nothing seemed to be amiss in the city. It was hard to say whether my colleagues were relieved or disappointed.
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