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Uzbek Border Guards Kill Kyrgyz Citizen

BISHKEK -- Uzbekistan's border guards have shot dead a Kyrgyz citizen under circumstances that remain unclear.

The incident happened early on June 20 near Kyrgyzstan's Aydarken border post.

Kyrgyzstan's border service said only that a 37-year-old citizen of Kyrgyzstan was shot and died from his wounds.

Some 200 relatives and friends of the slain man blocked the Osh-Batken road and demanded Kyrgyz authorities conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of the shooting. They also called for the border with Uzbekistan to be clearly marked.

Uzbekistan has not yet commented on the killing.

Shootings along the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border are common and often stem from the theft of animals such as horses, cattle, or sheep.

With reporting by AKIpress and