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Ceasefire in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan largely holds after quiet night

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported no major incidents overnight on Saturday, indicating a ceasefire agreed after Friday’s heavy fighting remains in place, although Kyrgyz border guards said a village was briefly shelled. .

The two former Soviet republics clashed over a border dispute this week, accusing each other of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery and assault drones to attack nearby settlements.

Central Asia’s border problems stem largely from the Soviet era when Moscow tried to divide the region between groups whose settlements were often located among those of other ethnicities.

Kyrgyzstan, which on Friday reported 24 dead and dozens wounded, said a border village was shelled with mortars for five minutes early on Saturday after a quiet night.

Tajikistan has not given official casualty figures, but security sources said at least seven people were killed on Friday. Tajik border guards said in a statement on Friday that several Tajik villages had been targeted by Kyrgyz helicopters and drones.

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Tajik security sources said state security chiefs from both sides continued talks on Saturday to resolve the conflict.

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Additional reporting by Nazarali Pirnazarov in Dushanbe; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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