A shoot-out between Kyrgyz and Tajik border guards started in the early hours of Wednesday. The shoot-out killed one Tajik border guard and wounded two others, and left two Kyrgyz border guards injured. By Wednesday evening, the parties managed to agree on a ceasefire and the withdrawal of forces from the border.On Friday, the clashes between the armed forces of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan resumed. According to the press office of the border guard of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security, two Kyrgyz border guard troops and three civilians were injured as a result of the hostilities. Tajikistan said two soldiers died, and six troops and five civilians were wounded.Each side has accused the other of violating the ceasefire agreement.Follow Sputnik’s live feed to get the latest updates!Table of contentsNew firstOld first17:53 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Discusses Border Clashes With OSCE Chairman, Says Bishkek Seeking Peaceful Solution17:44 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyz Defense Official: There are Many Casualties Among Kyrgyz Soldiers, Country Managed to Evacuate Most Civilians on TimeThere are many casualties among Kyrgyz soldiers after the border clashes with Tajikistan but the country managed to timely evacuate most civilians from the area, Kamchybek Tashiev, the chairman of the Kyrgyz State Committee on National Security, said on Friday.
“There are casualties among the military. We specify the number, but, unfortunately, a lot [of casualties]. More than civilians – they were evacuated in time,” Tashiev told reporters.17:42 GMT 16.09.2022Tajikistan Moves Additional Forces, Equipment to Border With Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Says17:41 GMT 16.09.2022Tajik Forces Continue to Shell Kyrgyz Positions, Intensive Clashes Ongoing – Kyrgyz Border ServiceThe Tajik military continues to target Kyrgyz positions and clashes are ongoing in some areas of the state border on Friday, the Kyrgyz border service told Sputnik.
“From the Tajik side, the shelling of the positions of the Kyrgyz side continues, and in some areas there are intense battles,” the border service said, adding that Tajikistan moves additional forces and military equipment to the border area.13:35 GMT 16.09.2022Two Kyrgyz Citizens Killed, 55 Injured During Border Conflict – Health MinistryTwo citizens of Kyrgyzstan were killed and 55 were injured during the conflict on the border with Tajikistan, the republic’s health ministry reported on Friday.
“Two Kyrgyzstanis were killed during the conflict on the border, 55 people were injured,” the ministry’s spokesman said.
The victims mostly had shrapnel and gunshot wounds, he added.11:17 GMT 16.09.2022Presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Agree to Withdraw Additional Forces From the BorderThe leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to withdraw additional forces from the border line, the Kyrgyz president’s office said on Friday.
“The parties discussed the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik section of the state border. The leaders of the two countries agreed to instruct the relevant departments to cease fire and withdraw forces … from the line of contact,” the presidential office said in a statement, adding that the president met on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand.
The leaders also agreed to set up a commission that will launch an investigate into the recent clashes on the border, the statement added.10:19 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Agree on Ceasefire From 10:00 GMT Friday – Kyrgyz Border ServiceThe heads of the special services of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed on a ceasefire from 10:00 GMT, the press center of the border service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security of told Sputnik.
“The heads of the state committees for national security of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan … agreed on a ceasefire at 16:00 [local time],” the authority said.10:11 GMT 16.09.2022Moscow Urges Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to Stop Border ClashesMoscow calls on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to urgently take measures to stop clashes on the border of the two countries that resumed on Friday morning, the Russian foreign ministry said.
“The Russian side continues to follow with concern the tense situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, which sharply escalated again on the night of September 16 as a result of another round of armed confrontation … We call on both sides to take urgent comprehensive measures to steadily transfer the situation to a political and diplomatic channel, suppressing any attempts at escalation, as well as provocations by third parties,” the ministry said in a statement.07:52 GMT 16.09.2022Footage of Clashes on Border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan06:27 GMT 16.09.2022Tajik State Committee For National Security Says Kyrgyzstan Refuses to Accept Proposal for Peace Talks on Situation on BorderKyrgyzstan has refused to accept Tajikistan’s proposal for peace talks on the situation on the border between the countries, where tensions heated up on Friday morning, the Tajik State Committee for National Security said.
As of Friday morning, armed clashes continue in all directions of the state border of Tajikistan with Kyrgyzstan, the committee said in a statement.
The Tajik security forces ceased fire twice and offered to start negotiations, but Kyrgyzstan “ignored these proposals and, subjected the population to Tajik settlements to intensive shelling from all types of individual, group weapons and military equipment.”05:52 GMT 16.09.2022CSTO Secretary General and Heads of Tajik, Kyrgyz Security Councils Discussed Tensions on Border of Two Countries – OrganizationSecretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas held phone conversations with the heads of the Kyrgyz and Tajik security councils in connection with the escalation of the situation on the border of the two countries on Friday morning, the CSTO said.
“On September 16, 2022, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas held telephone conversations with … [the heads of the Kyrgyz and Tajik security councils] in connection with the sharp aggravation of the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, which occurred this morning,” the CSTO wrote on Telegram.
The sides confirmed the need for an immediate ceasefire on the border and negotiations to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the organization added.05:44 GMT 16.09.2022Tajikistan Shelling Territory of Kyrgyzstan Despite Agreement on Ceasefire – BishkekKyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agree to cease fire starting from 04:00 GMT on Friday, but Dushanbe continues shelling the territory of Kyrgyzstan, the border service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security told Sputnik.
“During the talks, the heads of the border agencies agreed on a ceasefire from 10:00 [local time, 04:00 GMT] to hold a meeting. However, the Tajik side continues shelling the Kyrgyz positions,” the authority said.05:31 GMT 16.09.2022Intensity of Shooting on Kyrgyz-Tajik Border on Decline – BishkekThe heads of the Kyrgyz and Tajik special services are negotiating the situation on the border, due to which the intensity of shooting in the conflict zone has decreased, the press service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security told Sputnik on Friday.
“Negotiations are currently underway between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the issue of a ceasefire … The heads of the countries’ national security committees] participating in the negotiations,” the committee said, adding that “due to this, the intensity of shooting is declining.”05:09 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry Says 11 People Wounded in Border Clashes With TajikistanThe Kyrgyz Health Ministry said on Friday that 11 people suffered wounds during hostilities on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.
“Eleven people that had been wounded in the border incident have been taken to the Batken Region’s hospital. We will inform of their condition later,” the health ministry’s spokesperson said.05:00 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry Hands Over Note of Protest to Tajikistan’s Representatives Over Conflict on Border – Foreign Ministry’s Press OfficeThe Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs has handed a note of protest to the representatives of Tajikistan in connection with the escalation of the situation on the border, the ministry’s representative told Sputnik on Friday.
“In the building of the ministry, the Tajik side was given a note of protest regarding the illegal and destructive actions of the Tajik side,” the representative said.05:00 GMT 16.09.2022Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Agree to Cease Fire From 04:00 GMT, But Tajik Side Continues Shelling Territory of Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz Border Guard Service04:59 GMT 16.09.2022One Tajik Soldier Killed, Three Wounded in Shelling From Kyrgyz Side, Source SaysOne border guard soldier of Tajikistan was killed and three others were wounded after the Kyrgyz border guard shelled the Dushanbe border guard outpost in the Isfara District of the Sughd Region, a defense source told Sputnik on Friday.
“One Tajik border guard was killed and three others were injured as a result of the unending shelling of the Tajik territory with heavy weapons and mortars,” the source said.
He added that the shelling continues despite the reached agreement on a ceasefire between the sides on Friday morning.04:59 GMT 16.09.2022Heads of Kyrgyz, Tajik Border Regions Planning Meeting to Discuss Clashes – BishkekThe heads of the Kyrgyz border region of Batken and the Tajik border region of Sughd are planning to meet amid clashes on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, the press office of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (UKMK) told Sputnik on Friday.
“The meeting of the heads of the Batken Region of Kyrgyzstan and the Sughd Region of Tajikistan is planned to be held at the Kyzyl-Bel checkpoint. The meeting will be attended by representatives of the border guard forces of the sides,” the office’s spokesperson said.
As of 9.30 a.m. (03:30 GMT), the situation on the border remains tense, with armed clashes taking place along the entire length of the border in the Batken Region, he said, adding that the Tajik side is using tanks, armored infantry vehicles, armored combat vehicles, and mortars.
The spokesperson noted that the Kyrgyz military personnel is “taking adequate measures, using all available equipment and weapons to force the enemy to cease fire.”04:58 GMT 16.09.2022Tajikistan Accuses Kyrgyz Border Guard of Shelling Border Outpost, Settlements – DushanbeThe State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan on Friday said that soldiers of Kyrgyz border outpost Kok-Tash of the Batken border unit fired heavy weapons at Tajik border outpost Dushanbe of the Isfara border detachment in violation of agreements.
“Moreover, Kyrgyz soldiers using, heavy weapons and mortars, carried out an armed attack on the settlements of Khojai Alo, Kum Mazor, Surkh, Somoniyon, Kulkand in the village of Chorkuh of the city of Isfara, as well as Histevarz, Ovchikalacha in the Bobojon Gafurov District,” the committee said in a statement.
Recently, the sides agreed to withdraw their military equipment from the border near the Vorukh and Chorkuh sections. However, the Tajik side claimed that the Kyrgyz military did not do so.
The security committee said that the Kyrgyz military continues shooting in the direction of Tajikistan with all kinds of military weapons and equipment despite the reached ceasefire agreement between the sides. According to Isfara’s city hall, the Kyrgyz military has destroyed several civilian houses.