© Reuters. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon attend a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. Sultan Dosaliev / Presidential Press Service Kyrgyz / Hando
BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported no major incidents overnight on Saturday, suggesting that a truce agreed upon after intense fighting on Friday remained in effect, although border forces The Kyrgyz bureau said a village was briefly shelled.
The two former Soviet republics clashed over a border dispute this week, accusing each other of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery and drones to attack nearby settlements.
Central Asian border problems largely date back to Soviet times when Moscow attempted to divide the region between groups whose settlements were often located among other peoples.
Kyrgyzstan, which on Friday reported 24 people dead and dozens injured, said a border village was shelled early Saturday morning five minutes after another quiet night.
Tajikistan has not released any official casualty figures, but security sources said at least seven people were killed on Friday. The Tajik border force said in a statement on Friday, several villages in Tajik had been attacked by helicopters and drones from Kyrgyzstan.
Tajik security sources said the heads of national security departments on both sides continued talks on Saturday to resolve the conflict.