Clashes Break Out At Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Officials

The border guards of the two Central Asian Countries, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have engaged in an intensive border scuffle after the Tajik moved heavy equipment and personnel to the conflict zone on the border with Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz Director of the Border Service of the State Committee for National Security, Major General Ularbek Sharsheev, said that Tajik border guards refused to agree on a ceasefire.

“The Tajik side periodically continued to shoot at the positions of Kyrgyz servicemen,” Sharsheev was quoted in a statement issued by the Border Service of Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security.

“The shootouts continue in the localities of Eki-Tash, Kum-Bazar, Chyr-Dobo,” the statement said, adding the situation at the Kyrgyz-Tajik state border is tense.

The statement said that the situation deteriorated after the Tajik forces used guns and opened fire against border guard units of the Kyrgyz National State Security Committee in the locality of Chyr-Dobo of the Batken district.

The Border Service of Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security also claimed that the Tajik side has used “mortars, grenade launchers” during fire exchanges with the Kyrgyz border forces.

“A house of a Kyrgyz citizen was also torched in the Kochoboyu locality due to shelling by the Tajik servicemen,” the statement added.

There has been no immediate report about possible casualties during the border skirmish while the government of Tajikistan has not commented on the matter so far.

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