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Tajik media: One person dies, 20 injured in border clashes

Local resident, 43-year-old teacher from Chorkuh, Hussein Hakimov, was killed in clashes that occurred on March 13 in Isfara section of Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border. Asia-Plus reports.

According to a source in administration of the mayor of Isfara, Hussein Hakimov was killed by a bullet fired from the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

«At least five residents of Khoja village Ailo jamoat, Chorkuh, Isfara were injured in the conflict. Hussein Hakimov died, four more are in the central hospital of Isfara,» the source said.

Another conflict occurred the day before between residents of Tochikon village of Vorukh jamoat and Kyrgyz Ak-Sai village, who threw stones at each other. In total, according to the source, more than 20 citizens of Tajikistan suffered in the conflicts.

According to the source, the reason for the conflicts was resumption of construction of Ak-Sai-Tamdyk road bypassing Vorukh enclave in the disputed territory by the Kyrgyz authorities.

Residents of Tochikon village demand to stop its construction until a decision on demarcation of the border between the countries. Construction of the road resumed three days ago.

The source in the administration of the mayor of Isfara noted that the conflicts arose as a result of provocative actions of the Kyrgyz side.

«Earlier, after several conflicts in this area, the parties agreed not to carry out construction work on the disputed areas of the two states. Contrary to the agreements, Kyrgyzstan began construction of the road, which caused new skirmishes,» the source said.

According to the head of the village Tochikon Gafurjon Dzhuraev, the situation is tense, over 200 citizens of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan gathered at the scene of the conflict this morning.

Isfara residents accuse local authorities of being passive in negotiations with Kyrgyzstan on disputed areas.

They are outraged that in the fall, when they wanted to lay water supply pipes for the residents of Tochikon village, the Kyrgyz side did not allow construction.

As the head of the press center of the Border Troops of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, Muhammad Ulughodjaev, explained, the border guards of the two states took control of the situation a few hours after the clashes.

«We refrain from commenting until the true causes of the conflicts are found out,» he stressed.

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