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.
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.