Uzbek border guards open fire at smugglers on border with Kyrgyzstan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 13
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
A Kyrgyz citizen died from gunshot wounds during the arrest of smugglers who tried to smuggle a large batch of agricultural products by Uzbekistan border guards on May 12, the message of the National Security Service State Border Protection Committee (NSS SBPC) of Uzbekistan said.
"Kyrgyz smugglers were detected by border guards on May 12 at 1:50 p.m. (GMT + 5 hours) in the village of Hushyar of the Sokh district of Fergana region," the message said.
Preliminary information indicates that three Kyrgyz citizens tried to transport agricultural goods from Uzbekistan's Sokh district, an exclave surrounded by Kyrgyz territory, when Uzbek border guards ordered them to stop.
After their order was allegedly ignored, the border guards opened fire, killing one of the men.
Uzbek border guards detained another man inside the Sokh exclave, which is mainly populated by ethnic Tajiks. The third Kyrgyz man managed to flee the scene and is currently in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz and Uzbek border officials in Sokh have discussed the situation.
Uzbek officials told Interfax that a 22-year-old Kyrgyz citizen, identified as Mansur Makhmudjon Uulu, was killed by Uzbek border guards while trying to smuggle 10 metric tons of potatoes and 5 metric tons of dried apricots from Uzbek territory into Kyrgyzstan.
Edited by CN