Kyrgyz-Tajik ceasefire largely holds after quiet night time By Reuters


© Reuters. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon attend a gathering on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. Sultan Dosaliev/Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service/Hando


BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported no main in a single day incidents on Saturday, indicating {that a} ceasefire agreed after intense Friday combating remained in impact, though Kyrgyz border guards mentioned a village was briefly shelled.

The 2 former Soviet republics clashed over a border dispute this week, accusing one another of utilizing tanks, mortars, rocket artillery and assault drones to assault close by settlements.

Central Asian border points largely stem from the Soviet period when Moscow tried to divide the area between teams whose settlements have been usually positioned amidst these of different ethnicities.

Kyrgyzstan, which on Friday reported 24 deaths and dozens of individuals wounded, mentioned one border village was shelled by mortars for 5 minutes early on Saturday after an in any other case quiet night time.

Tajikistan has not given any official casualty numbers, however safety sources mentioned at the very least seven individuals have been killed on Friday. Tajik border guards mentioned in an announcement on Friday a number of Tajik villages had been struck by Kyrgyz helicopters and drones.

Tajik safety sources mentioned heads of state safety from each side continued talks on Saturday to settle the battle.

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