Tajik soldier killed in Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border shoot-out

A Tajik soldier has been killed in a shoot-out between border forces at Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s contested frontier, SIA reports according to local and Russian media citing sources on both sides.

Shootouts between border troops of the two impoverished Central Asian countries have become increasingly frequent recently as delimitation talks make little progress.

Tajikistan, a closed authoritarian state, made no statement on the latest flare-up, but police in the Tajik city of Isfara near the border told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that Kyrgyz border guards opened fire on Tajik troops “without reason” on Tuesday morning.

“As a result, a border guard soldier died and three people were injured,” the news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a representative of the city police department.

The privately-owned Tajik news website Asia-Plus also reported the death of a Tajik soldier, quoting a resident of the Tajik enclave of Vorukh, which is close to where the shoot-out took place.

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