6 Injured in border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Kyrgyz Border Guard outside a temporary camp near the Frontier Border Guard in the village of Maxat, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan, May 4, 2021. (Vladimir Pirogov / Reuters)

At least six people were injured in a battle between the Moscow-Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan border guards, local news reports said Thursday.

The conflict began near the city of Batken in Kyrgyzstan, after the Tajik border guards reportedly closed roads leading to quite a few towns in western Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz officials say Tajik guards fired with mortars and grenade launchers. Tajik officials have not made a statement about the conflict, but Russia’s news service Sputnik’s Tajik service reported that six Tajiks were injured.

The winding border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is often a tense area. In 2021, at least 55 people were killed in a conflict near the border in a conflict between water rights and the installation of surveillance cameras by Tajikistan.

Associated Press