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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan forces clash in worst border flareup in years

The clashes erupted between the military forces of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan caused at least 1 died and 18 others were wounded after a disputed section of the central Asian nations’ border.

According to Kyrgyzstan’s health ministry, in a statement that there were 17 casualties in the clashes on Thursday, including “one fatality”.

Tajikistan’s security committee told that two of its citizens became injured, with one in a serious condition.

The fighting took a reported conflict over water infrastructure at the frontier between the two countries, since gaining independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991  which have had a series of border disputes.

Kyrgyzstan’s national security committee told that the Tajik side “deliberately provoked a conflict” at the border. Shooting has begun between the military units of the [two countries]. According to preliminary information, the Tajik side is setting up positions for mortar fire.

Clashes flared late on Wednesday along the frontier between Tajikistan’s northern Sughd province and Kyrgyzstan’s southern Batken province because of a dispute over a water reservoir and pumping station located on the Isfara river, which both countries claim as their own.