At least 24 killed in clashes on Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan border

Kyrgyzstan reports ‘intense battles’ with Tajikistan along disputed border despite ceasefire agreement. An attempt to establish a ceasefire quickly failed on Friday and artillery shelling resumed later in the day. Border guard chiefs of the two countries met at about midnight and agreed to create a joint monitoring group work to help end hostilities. It was not immediately clear what prompted the fighting on the tense border between the two former Soviet neighbours. Both countries host Russian military bases in the Central Asian region.

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