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Clashes reported on Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border

Bishkek, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Kyrgyz authorities reported that tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has led again to fighting along the border line.

Armed clashes are taking place along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, said a spokesman for the Kyrgyz National Security Committee, as quoted by the Russian news agency Sputnik on Friday.

The situation on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan remains tense, and according to the authorities in Bishkek, the Tajiks fired on the towns of Kulundu, Maksat and Zhani-Zher.

On September 13th there was an exchange of fire on the border between the two countries, leaving two soldiers dead and six wounded on the side of Tajikistan, and two wounded in Kyrgyzstan.

The incident was followed by an exchange of accusations between Bishkek and Dushanbe, who point to each other as responsible for a new escalation of tension.

664 of the 972 kilometers of the border remained undelimited.

This situation leads to disputes over the use of land and water resources, with frequent clashes between border guards and brawls between the communities that were separated after the disintegration of the Soviet Union late in 1991.

In April 2021, the clashes caused 36 deaths and almost 200 injuries on the Kyrgyz side; for its part, Tajikistan reported 19 dead and 87 wounded and injured.


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