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Russia, Tajikistan deny bombing Afghan territory

Russia, Tajikistan deny bombing Afghan territory

Aug 27, 2018 - 18:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Russia and Tajikistan on Monday rejected their involvement in an airstrike that killed six Talibaninfo-icon drug smugglers inside the Afghanistaninfo-icon territory in northeastern Takhar province.

Takhar governor’s spokesman and police earlier in the day said a Tajik or Russian aircraft killed six Taliban insurgents who were smuggling drugs in Durqad border district.

Some reports said Russian aircrafts also took part in the bombardment.

However, the Russian media quoted the country’s defense ministry as saying that no Russian aircraft had taken part in the airstrike on the Afghanistan territory.

On the other hand, Tajikistan intelligence organ also said no Tajikistani aircraft was involved in the airstrike in Afghanistan.

However, it said Tajik forces had launched an operation against terrorists and smugglers near the Afghan border.

Tajik officials told a Russian news agency that insurgents sneaked to Tajikistan territory from across the border a day earlier and then killed two Tajik nationals. The source said more than 10 rebels had entered Tajik territory and launched attacks.

On the other hand, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radminsh, spokesman to the Ministry of Defense, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Tajikistani forces conducted the airstrike on their own territory near the Afghan border.

He said smugglers, insurgents and Tajik forces engaged in clashes and all the sides suffered casualties as a result.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected their fighters had clashed with Tajik forces and said the clashes took place with drug smugglers.


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