Dushanbe: Two people in Tajikistan’s eastern city of Khorog were killed when police opened fire on a crowd that tried to storm a police station to free a local man held there and then went on to set fire to several government buildings, police said.

Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan region on the border with Afghanistan, saw days of fighting in 2012 between government troops and rebels after President Imomali Rakhmon vowed to punish local warlords for the killing of a security service general.

Three people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, of which two later died, the police source said. A group of around 50 or 60 protesters set fire to the city court, the police station and the local prosecutor’s office, the source said.

With Moscow’s political and military support, Rakhmon’s secular government defeated Islamic guerrillas in the civil war which killed tens of thousands.