Earlier in the day, Bishkek announced that forces were put on alert over “tensions” at the border over the Tajik side unilaterally blocking the area that connects two Kyrgyz towns, Batken and Isfana.
“However, at around 19:35 [13:35 GMT], the situation worsened due to the use of weapons by the Tajik side against Kyrgyz border units … in the area of Chyr-Dobo area of the Batken region. The main skirmishes between units of the border troops of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are taking place in the areas of Tort-Kocho and Chyr-Dobo. The Tajik side uses mortars and grenade launchers,” the spokesperson of the border service stated.
The border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sometimes turns into a conflict zone between local residents and border officers on both sides. The reason for the conflict: non-demarcated areas of where it is impossible to say which of the two countries the land belongs to.