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Deadly fighting on Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border kills at least 31

May 1, 2021 10:14 am
File picture of a military drill held in early April in the border region of Batken in Kyrgyzstan. [Source: BBC]

At least 31 people have been killed, scores injured and 10,000 evacuated after a water dispute led to some of the worst clashes in years on a disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border.

Clashes started on Wednesday when people from both sides hurled stones at each other after surveillance cameras were installed at a water facility.

A truce and troop pull-back were agreed but some shooting appeared to continue.

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The casualty figures were from the Kyrgyz side with Tajik numbers unclear.

Kyrgyzstan’s health minister Aliza Soltonbekova said in a televised briefing that 31 people had been killed and more than 150 wounded since the violence began on Thursday.

According to the Kyrgyz figures on evacuations and casualties, a young girl was among the dead.

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