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Two Killed In Shooting Along Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border

BISHKEK -- Two border guards -- one each from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan -- have been reported killed in a shootout along an undemarcated section of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.

The Kyrgyz border guard service said the exchange of fire occurred on July 17 near the Kyrgyz village of Bulak-Bashi.

It said the clash broke out as local residents worked to repair a road in spite of warnings from Kyrgyz border guards that the road went through an unmarked area of the border.

The service said one Kyrgyz border guard was killed and at least two local Kyrgyz citizens were wounded.

Uzbek security officials said one Uzbek border guard was killed and two were wounded in the shootout.

The commander of the Uzbek border guards service has been dismissed over the incident.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz and Uzbek Services, AKIpress, and Interfax