At least two Tajiks have been killed and 10 other citizens injured during one of the bloodiest escalations between the two countries recently.

The Kyrgyz and Tajik frontier communities regularly clash over land and water supplies.
The Kyrgyz and Tajik frontier communities regularly clash over land and water supplies. (AP Archive)

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed a ceasefire after shootouts at their contested border left two Tajik citizens dead.

Tajikistan has said that two of its citizens were killed and 10 injured during overnight clashes at its contested border with Kyrgyzstan, where a ceasefire is now in place.

The violence that broke out Thursday evening was the bloodiest escalation between the countries since clashes that killed dozens last year.

As a result of the latest conflict, “10 people were injured on the Tajik side, of which six were servicemen and four were civilians,” Tajikistan’s national security committee said in a statement.

Tajikistan added that the two dead were a man born in 1986 “killed by a mortar shell fired by Kyrgyz soldiers into his yard” and an ambulance driver born in 1964.

Following the overnight clashes, Kyrgyzstan’s national security committee said on Friday that it had reached an agreement for “a complete ceasefire” with Tajikistan during a meeting at the border between provincial governors and border service representatives.

The neighbours also agreed to withdraw forces, coordinate patrols of the frontier and ensure the flow of traffic along a strategic road that passes between both countries.

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Regular clashes

The Kyrgyz and Tajik frontier communities regularly clash over land and water supplies, with border guards often involved.

Kyrgyzstan’s health ministry said on Friday that at least eleven of its citizens were being treated for moderately serious injuries.

Close to 1,500 Kyrgyz citizens were evacuated from villages near where the conflict took place at the intersection of Sughd province and Kyrgyzstan’s southwestern Batken province, the emergencies ministry said.

Last year’s violence between the two militaries was unprecedented, leaving more than 50 people dead and raising fears of a wider conflict.

Almost half of the pair’s 970-kilometre-long border (600 miles) is disputed and progress on delimitation in recent years has been glacial.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies