Then on Sunday, assailants rammed a auto into cyclists in the countryside south of the capital, Dushanbe, before pouncing on them with knives. Two Americans, a Dutch national and a Swiss national were killed in the attack and three other cyclists were injured.
Officials said the terrorists rammed into the group in Khatlon Oblast before getting out and attacking them with knives. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, while Tajik officials have pointed to another extremist group in the country.
Geoghegan and Austin set off on their bicycle trip around the world in July 2017 in South Africa, and chronicled their journey with regular updates and photos on their SimplyCycling blog. They made their way to Dar es Salam then to Europe. "We freewheel past yurts and cows and little Kyrgyz kids and their enthusiastic waves", Austin wrote. Three other cyclists survived the attack. According to Lauren Geoghegan's parents, the year-long cycle adventure was typical of their daughter's "openness to new people and places, and her quest for a better understanding of the world".
The family asked for time to cope with their loss, and thanked the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan for providing "capable and compassionate" assistance. "Jay Austin, of the former Boneyard Studios, left this world doing what he loved (connecting with people and cycling the world) with the person he loved (Lauren Geoghegan)", the company said in a Facebook statement.
Aux USA, un couple gay a dû laisser sa place à un couple hétéro et quitter l’avion
On nous a donné le choix: abandonner la première classe et passer à la seconde ou de descendre de l'avion. L'équipage les a forcés, lui et son compagnon, à laisser leurs places à un couple hétérosexuel.
His girlfriend, Geoghegan grew up in California and graduated from Georgetown in 2010 and worked in the school's admissions office until taking off on her whirlwind trip with Austin.
"We are heartbroken to hear of Lauren's passing in this devastating tragedy and have expressed our deepest condolences to her family", Georgetown's dean of admissions, Charles Deacon, said in a statement. "Lauren was a valued colleague and dear friend to many at Georgetown and an overall treasured member of our community".
Austin had worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was an advocate for sustainable development.
"The tiny house world just lost a attractive soul".