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Tajik Villager Killed By Kyrgyz-Tajik Cross-Border Shooting

The Tajik-Kyrgyz border at Chorkuh (file photo)
The Tajik-Kyrgyz border at Chorkuh (file photo)

DUSHANBE -- A villager in Tajikistan has been killed in a shooting incident across the Tajik-Kyrgyz border.

Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan report that an officer from Kyrgyzstan's Border Guard Service also was wounded by the cross-border gunfire early on August 6.

The main directorate of Tajikistan's border guards said 65-year-old Tajik villager Vohid Vahhobov was killed early on August 6 by gunfire that came from the Kyrgyz side of the border.

The Tajik directorate also said a Kyrgyz border guard officer, Lieutenant Sher Kabirov, was wounded by gunfire from Tajikistan’s side of the border.

The Kyrgyz Border Guard Service confirmed that one of its officers was wounded early on August 6 by gunfire from "unknown individuals" on the Tajik side of the border.

Officials from both countries said later that a tense situation in the area had been brought under control.

There have been border tensions between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan for years, with each nation accusing the other of escalating the situation.

In late May, cross-border clashes left several people on both sides wounded.

Many sections of the borders between former Soviet republics in Central Asia have been disputed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Clashes involving border guards and local villagers frequently take place in such border areas.

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