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Kyrgyz Border Guards Continue Search For Tajik Insurgents

BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz border guards are continuing their search for armed insurgents who entered Kyrgyz territory from neighboring Tajikistan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Saitzhan Eratov, the commander of a Kyrgyz border crossing near the incursion point, told RFE/RL that the group may be hiding in the Tajik exclave of Vorukh, which is surrounded by Kyrgyz territory in the Batken district.

The group consists of some eight to fourteen armed people who opened fire on Kyrgyz border guards on October 14 and moved into the mountains along the border.

They were reportedly being chased by Tajik security forces when they crossed into Kyrgyzstan.

Eratov said Kyrgyz police and border guards have surrounded the area where the insurgents are believed to be hiding and found four backpacks filled with food and a grenade.

The identities of the gunmen are unknown but it is believed they are wanted for criminal activities in Tajikistan.