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Four killed and 18 injured in border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Three Tajik soldiers and a Kyrgyz soldier were killed and more than a dozen wounded on both sides in a border clash on Monday night, authorities in Bishkek and Dushanbe said on Tuesday, blaming each other.

Kyrgyz and Tajik security forces said in a statement that the clash overnight occurred as a result of provocation by the other side, starting with the illegal construction near the village of Uvce Kalacha on the border between Sughad state in northern Tajikistan and the Batken region of western Kyrgyzstan.

The border guards in Kyrgyzstan said the clash killed a Kyrgyz soldier. Kyrgyz authorities said 13 soldiers and civilians were wounded. A source in the Sughd provincial government said three soldiers were killed and five wounded.

The Kyrgyz government summoned the ambassador of Tajikistan and handed him a protest note.

The Kyrgyz government said in a statement that senior officials from the two countries, including Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mohammed Ghali Abul-Ghaziev, arrived at the site of the clash on Tuesday to settle the dispute.

A local government source said the Tajik delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Azim Ibrahim.

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