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Kyrgyz Border Guard Killed In Shoot-Out With Uzbek Guards

One Kyrgyz border guard was killed and at least two Kyrgyz civilians were wounded in a shoot-out between Uzbek and Kyrgyz border guards in an undemarcated area along the border.

Kyrgyzstan's border guard service said the exchange of fire occurred near the Kyrgyz village of Bulak-Bashi as local residents were repairing a road, despite warnings from Kyrgyz border guards that the road went through an unmarked area.

According to the Kyrgyz border guard service, Uzbek border guards arrived and ordered that work be halted, but the Kyrgyz residents refused and "reacted in an aggressive manner."

The Uzbek guards opened fire, at which point the Kyrgyz border guards returned fire.

Reports said there were casualties among the Uzbek guards but gave no figures.

Based on reporting by AKIpress and Interfax