The situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, where a conflict between the residents of the border regions of the two states took place on Wednesday, has aggravated, the Kyrgyz Border Service of the State Committee for National Security reported on Thursday.
"In the border area of the Batken region, namely in the Kocho-Boyu area of the Batken region, the situation has aggravated. The aggravation of the situation was caused by the provocative actions of the citizens of Tajikistan, who started throwing stones at the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and their homes," the statement said.
According to the border department, "the Tajik side began to fire at passing cars of Kyrgyz citizens from hunting rifles."
The report notes that, according to preliminary data, there are victims among the citizens of Kyrgyzstan.
"The situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik section of the state border is tense. It was not possible to contact the leadership of the border department of the Republic of Tajikistan by phone, phone calls remained unanswered," TASS cited the Kyrgyz border service as saying.
For its part, on Wednesday, the press center of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan reported that seven citizens of Tajikistan were injured during the conflict at the Golovnoy water distribution point, which was "instigated by Kyrgyz citizens."
The Kyrgyz-Tajik border is about 972 km long and has dozens of disputed sections, which emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At present, in the process of border delimitation and demarcation, about 519 km of the border crossing line have already been described.