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Kyrgyz Shepherds 'Attacked, Robbed' On Uzbek Border

JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz border officials say one shepherd was wounded and two others beaten on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border in separate incidents this week, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Officials from the Kyrgyz border-guard service told RFE/RL that several Uzbek border guards shot at a Kyrgyz shepherd on October 19 near the border in the Suzak district. The shepherd was reportedly wounded and his 472-head flock of sheep were expropriated by Uzbek border guards.

In a similar incident on October 20 along the Uzbek border in Kyrgyzstan's Nooken district, Uzbek border guards reportedly beat two young Kyrgyz shepherds and took their 30 sheep.

Kyrgyz border guard officials said talks between Kyrgyz and Uzbek border officials on efforts to investigate the two incidents are under way.

Much of the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is not demarcated and conflicts along their common border are prevalent.