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Witnesses Say Uzbekistan Building Military Base Near Kyrgyz Border

TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan appears to be preparing to build an extensive new military facility near the Kyrgyz border, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service reports.

Residents of the area of Khanabad, which borders Jalal-Abad in Kyrgyzstan, say that bulldozers and other construction equipment have arrived in the area to build a "military city."

A local official contacted by RFE/RL has confirmed the eyewitness reports, despite denials by government officials.

The purported military base is located in a region that was attacked on May 26 by armed groups that crossed over the border from Kyrgyzstan.

Following that incident, in which three attacks by unknown groups took place within a span of 24 hours, government officials evacuated people from the area.

The evacuation now appears to have been in preparation for the present construction activity.