Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Border Skirmish Leaves One Dead

Fresh clashes in the disputed border areas between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan left one Tajik soldier dead, while two others received injuries.  

Asia Plus reported that the gunfire erupted after Kyrgyz border guards entered the Vahdat area in Tajik territory, asking border guards to leave the area.

“There was a verbal altercation, Kyrgyz border guards were the first to open fire,” the outlet said, adding as a result one Tajik border guard was killed and two others wounded. One civilian also received injuries during the clash.

The government of Tajikistan did not comment on the incident so far, but reportedly border representatives of the two neighbors met late Thursday, where officials from Tajikistan’s Sughd province and Kyrgyzstan’s Batken district participated in the talks.

During the talks, both sides agreed to separately investigate the incident and share its details in the next round of meetings expected to be held tomorrow  (March 12), according to Asia Plus.

In late January, the border guards of the two Central Asian states also engaged in intensive clashes along a segment of the countries’ demarcated border in a standoff over a blacked road.    

Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security at that time confirmed that two civilians were killed and 10 people, including six security personnel and four civilians, were wounded in the conflict.

Kyrgyz authorities also said 12 Kyrgyz were seriously wounded and more than 24,200 Kyrgyz were evacuated from the area of the fighting.

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