Tajik, Kyrgyz Officials Discuss Latest Shooting Incident At Border

By RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and RFE/RL's Tajik Service

Kyrgyz and Tajik officials are meeting over the killing of a Kyrgyz citizen in a Tajik district near the border between the two countries.

The Kyrgyz State Border Service said the meeting is taking place in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh on August 11.

The Kyrgyz man was reportedly killed in a shooting incident between Tajik border guards and three alleged Kyrgyz hunters in the eastern district of Jirgatol on August 9.

Tajik officials say Tajik border guards demanded that the men surrender their weapons but that they "started shooting at the guards, and one of the men was killed in the incident."

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have for months been locked in a tense border dispute over Tajikistan's Vorukh exclave.

However, the situation has been largely stable at the Jirgatol border area.

A majority of those living in Jirgatol are ethnic Kyrgyz.