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Uzbek Border Guards Shoot Kyrgyz National Dead

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Uzbek border guards have shot and killed a Kyrgyz citizen in the latest violent incident in the tense border between the two Central Asian nations.

Kyrgyz Border Guard Service officials say the incident took place on November 13 near a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border in the country's southern Jalal-Abad region.

Uzbek and Kyrgyz border guard service officials held talks at the site after the shooting.

It took place three days after Uzbek border guards opened fire at two Kyrgyz citizens, wounding one of them.

Uzbek officials accused the two men of trying to bring unspecified illegal goods across the border.

About 300 kilometers of the 1,000-kilometer border have been disputed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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