While in the town of Khorog in Tajikistan I was approached by an individual on the street and he asked me whether I was a journalist or a tourist. He told me that an ex-KGB general had been stabbed to death the previous day and that the situation could flare up in the town. The atmosphere was strange during the next two days; restaurants closed early, internet cafés were closed and the general air was filled with tension. At 4am on Tuesday we woke up to very close machine gun fire and explosions and this continued for the next 30 hours. This is a video taken during part of the afternoon on the Tuesday 24th of July 2012 in Khorog, Tajikistan. We sometimes didn't feel safe enough to approach the window because the shots sounded so close and explosions were shaking the ground. After 30 hours of shooting we received news of a ceasefire and were able to cycle out of town along with most other tourists. It was difficult to know what was going on because all phone networks were cut, plunging us into a surreal suspension of reality. I believe (and really hope) that things have settled there now and I'd like to say endless thanks to the Lalmo family in Khorog for taking such great care of us.
From what we understand, the fighting was between Pamiri rebels and the Tajik government ("KGB" and military). The Wall Street Journal describes the fighting in more detail here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444130304577556982121941016.html