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Tajik border guards gun down Afghan man

Tajik border guards gun down Afghan man

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Nov 10, 2014 - 20:41

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Tajik border guards opened fire at six Afghans after they tried to illegally enter the neighbouring country from Chah Ab district of northern Takhar province, killing one of them, an official said on Monday.

The governor’s spokesman, Sunnatullah Taimur told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place on Sunday evening, when the six Afghan men tried to cross into Tajikistan on a boat through the Amu River that separates the two countries.

He said the Tajik border police had opened fire at the Afghans inside their territory. One Afghan was killed and the remaining five fled back to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Body of the slain Afghan was handed over on Monday to Afghan authorities, the gubernatorial spokesman said, but did not elaborate if the incident would be investigated.

Abdul Shakoor, a resident of the Samti area near the Tajikistan border, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that Tajik guards had opened fire at Afghan fishermen, killing one of them.

He said residents of the area used to catch fishes in the Amu River and they were sometimes shot at by Tajik guards, often resulting in casualties.

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