A new border dispute between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan becomes fatal.

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In skirmishes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, a border guard from Tajikistan was killed, according to a report from the Tajik border force, which was cited by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Following a new conflict over their shared border, the Central Asian countries’ border guards exchanged gunfire overnight, according to officials on both sides.

The fight broke out on the eve of a conference of a regional security organisation when Tajik border guards were accused of setting up camp at an unmarked section of the border by Kyrgyz border guards.

Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are allies of Russia and host Russian military installations, but border disputes between the two former Soviet republics frequently result in violence, which nearly sparked a full-scale conflict last year.

Following a new conflict over their shared border, the Central Asian countries’ border guards exchanged gunfire overnight, according to officials on both sides.

The fight broke out on the eve of a conference of a regional security organisation when Tajik border guards were accused of setting up camp at an unmarked section of the border by Kyrgyz border guards.

In a statement, the Tajik side said that uninvited cannon and mortar fire from Kyrgyz border guards was directed towards their position. According to the report from RIA Novosti, the event resulted in the death of one border officer and injuries to another two.

This week, the leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are anticipated to join a number of other international leaders for a summit of the Shanghai Security Organisation in Uzbekistan, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a statement, the Tajik side claimed that unjustified gun and mortar fire was directed at their station by Kyrgyz border guards. According to Tajikistan’s border force, the incident resulted in the death of one border guard and injuries to another two, according to RIA Novosti.

No injuries were immediately reported by Kyrgyzstan.

This week, the leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are anticipated to join a number of other international leaders for a summit of the Shanghai Security Organisation in Uzbekistan, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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