Kyrgyz Border Guard Reports Firefight on Border With Tajikistan
08:41 GMT 24.07.2021 (Updated: 08:59 GMT 24.07.2021)
BISHKEK (Sputnik) - A firefight took place on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the Border Guard Service of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan told Sputnik on Saturday.
On Saturday, residents of Tajik border regions started cleaning nearby areas of Kyrgyzstan's Batken region of sand without previously agreeing upon the measure with the Kyrgyz side, the authority said. After the Tajik side refused to stop the work as per a request by local authorities and Kyrgyz border guards, clashes between the two broke out.
© SputnikShootout at Kyrgyz-Tajik Border
Shootout at Kyrgyz-Tajik Border
During the clashes, Tajik border guards fired shots towards Kyrgyzstan, the border service said, adding that they "fired retaliatory shots towards Tajikistan".
No casualties have been reported in the clashes, the border service said, noting the situation is unstable.