Kyrgyz and Tajik border guards opened fire in three separate incidents on Wednesday following a border dispute between the two Central Asian countries, officials from both sides said.
conflicts, which come on the eve of a regional security body meeting and against the backdrop of fighting between Russia and Ukraine As well as Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Kyrgyz border guards began after accusing the Tajiks of taking a position on a part of the border that is not demarcated.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are both allied with Russia and host Russian military bases, but fighting over border issues is frequent and last year almost led to an all-out war between the former Soviet republics.
The Tajik side said in a statement that Kyrgyz border guards fired unprovoked guns and mortars at their post. Tajikistan’s Border Force said one border guard was killed and two others were injured in the incident, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Kyrgyzstan said two of its soldiers were injured and two more incidents occurred in separate border areas, although all three shots were fired on the border of Butken province.
Kyrgyz and Tajik leaders are expected to attend the Shanghai Security Organization summit in Uzbekistan this week along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as well as several other world leaders.