Kyrgyzstan Accuses Tajik Border Guards of Opening Fire on Truck Driver

Kyrgyzstan border officials have claimed that three Tajik border guards opened fire on a truck and attempted to abduct the driver near a disputed area in the southern Lelek district between the two Central Asian countries.

Kyrgyzstan’s State Border Guard Service (KChAK) said the Tajik guards forcibly got inside the truck when the driver stopped to get some water from the spring.

“The Tajik border guards ordered the Kyrgyz driver to drive faster in order to attract other driver’s attention,” (KChAK) said in a statement.

Tajik soldiers left the truck when the Kyrgyz driver abruptly turned the wheel blocking the road then opened fire as the truck tried to get away.

The Kyrgyz driver received slight injuries caused by the shattered shattered glass but was not hit by bullets.

Tajikistan officials have not commented or confirmed the incident. 

The border dispute between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan remained unsolved since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991.

In late April, at least six people were killed and 115 wounded in clashes that involved military personnel along a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

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