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A firefight between the border guards of the two countries has begun on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border, RIA Novosti reported referring to the press service of the Kyrgyz border guards.

Bishkek added that the Tajik side uses grenade launchers.

Earlier, it was reported that border guards were put on heightened alert amid tensions on the border with Tajikistan because Dushanbe unilaterally blocked a section of the road in the Tort-Kocho area of Batken District connecting the Kyrgyz cities of Batken and Isfana. Officials from the two countries went to the scene to de-escalate the situation.

The Kyrgyz-Tajik border periodically becomes an area of conflicts between local residents and border guards of the two countries, which arise because of the undiminished sections where it is impossible to determine how the border between the states runs.

The last time such a situation occurred in December in the Kochoboyu area of the same district. At that time, Kyrgyz citizens were carrying out construction work in a disputed area, and Tajik servicemen tried to interfere with them. During the altercation, one of the border guards shot four times in the air.

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