Border conflict: Kyrgyzstan reports about 11 servicemen injured
BISHKEK. KAZINFORM 11 servicemen were injured as a result of conflict on Kyrgyz-Tajik border, the press service of the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan said Friday.
Four servicemen have shrapnel wounds and two - gunshot wounds, Kabar reports.
«The condition of the wounded is assessed as moderate severity,» the report said.
On Jan. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tajik border guards unilaterally blocked a section of the Batken-Isfana road in the area of Tort-Kocho in Batken region of Kyrgyzstan.
As a result of negotiations, at 7:30 p.m. the road section was reopened for traffic.
However, around 7:35 p.m., the situation worsened due to the use of weapons and fire by the Tajik side on the border units of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan in the Chyr-Dobo area of Batken region. The Tajik side used mortars and grenade launchers.
To date, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed on a complete ceasefire on the border.
President Sadyr Zhaparov appealed to Kyrgyzstanis with the assurance that the situation at the border would be resolved peacefully.
As of Jan. 28, it was reported that the night passed quietly and the situation at the border is stable.
On January 28, at 01.00, a meeting of the working group of the competent authorities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan was held in Surkh rural community of Isfara.
Following the consideration and discussion of the armed border conflict, the parties came to an agreement to declare a ceasefire by 08:00 on January 28, so that all additional forces and equipment would return from the state border line to the place of permanent deployment.
Currently, the situation on the Tajik and Kyrgyz state border is stable, a joint commission of the relevant structures of both parties is studying the causes and factors of the border conflict.