Uzbekistan demands investigate Tajik border incident
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, November 14 / Trend, D. Azizov /
The State Frontier Safeguard Committee of the National Security Service (NSS) of Uzbekistan announces its decisive protest in connection with the fact of shooting at the Uzbek-Tajik border on Sunday night, and urges to carry out comprehensive investigation of the incident, NSS Press Service told Trend on Monday.
Uzbek frontier guards on Sunday at 21.20 prevented another attempt of importing a large portion of drugs onto the territory of Uzbekistan through a section of the Uzbek-Tajik border near to town Bekabad of the Tashkent district, the Press Service said.
Uzbek frontier troops servicemen were "shot by the so-called Tajik "frontier guards" who really assisted the criminals" when they tried to seize a group of smugglers.
As a result of attack by gangsters, a military serviceman of Uzbek NSS frontier troops was shot to death. A large portion of heroin - more than 3.8 kilograms - was found at the place of the incident.
This is a second case of clashes between Uzbek NSS frontier guards and Tajik drugs smugglers lately, the Press Service reported. One infringer was wounded and another one was killed when they tried to resist Uzbek frontier guards in June attempt of smuggling 22.98 kilograms of raw opium toward Samarkand.
A serviceman of Uzbek NSS frontier troops was injured at the then incident. It is identified that the infringers were also backed by Tajik frontier guards.