Police say one suspected member of a criminal group was killed and two of his associates were injured during a security operation in Tajikistan’s eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan.
The region's deputy governor, Amrihudo Damdor, told RFE/RL that the incident took place on May 21 in the regional capital, Khorugh.
The two injured suspects have been arrested.
Dozens of local citizens gathered in the center of Khorugh, demanding their release.
Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan region, which borders Afghanistan, has been restive for years.
In the summer of 2012, Tajik government forces conducted a military operation in the region against local armed groups after a top security official was murdered there.
Authorities say 13 security officers and 30 militants were killed in that operation, which lasted for several weeks.
Local citizens say that at least 70 people were killed during the 2012 operation.