Kyrgyz-Tajik border battle escalates with use of heavy weaponry By Reuters

BISHKEK (Reuters) -Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on Friday accused one another of utilizing heavy weaponry comparable to tanks and mortars in an escalating border battle that has killed not less than three individuals and injured 27 since combating broke out two days in the past.

Kyrgyzstan’s border guard service mentioned Tajik forces as soon as once more opened hearth on a number of of its outposts early on Friday, and clashes occurred alongside the entire size of the border with Tajik forces utilizing tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and mortars.

In flip, Tajikistan accused Kyrgyz forces of shelling one in every of its outposts and 7 villages with “heavy weaponry”. A civilian was killed and three injured, authorities within the Tajik metropolis of Isfara mentioned. Kyrgyzstan reported 11 wounded in a single day.

Kyrgyz and Tajik international ministers have mentioned the matter, the Bishkek authorities mentioned, however the border guard service mentioned two ceasefire agreements have already failed.

The governors of Kyrgyz and Tajik provinces adjoining to the border have been set to fulfill at a border crossing level in one other makes an attempt to finish the battle, Kyrgyz border guards set.

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon are each attending a regional safety summit in Uzbekistan and featured among the many leaders in a gaggle {photograph} taken at dinner on Thursday.

Clashes over the poorly demarcated border between the 2 former Soviet republics are frequent, however normally de-escalate shortly, though final yr they virtually led to an all-out battle.

Each host Russian navy bases and have shut ties with Moscow, which urged a cessation of hostilities this week.

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