Print Edition - 2018-08-28  |  World News Digest

Tajikistan, Russia deny air attack in Afghan clash

KABUL

Aug 28, 2018-

Afghanistan officials said on Monday a Tajik or Russian aircraft had bombed a northeastern Afghan border district during a clash between gunmen and Tajik border guards, but officials in both Tajikistan and Russia denied that they had done so. Cross-border clashes are rare on Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan, compared, for example, with fighting along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan. The air attack followed a clash between gunmen and Tajik border guards in Durqad district of Takhar province, two Afghan officials said. Khalil Asir, a spokesman for Takhar provincial police, said eight Taliban were killed and six wounded in the air strike after a clash in which two Tajik border guards were killed. “It was not clear if it was a Russian or Tajik aircraft,” he said. An Afghan defence ministry spokesman declined to make any immediate comment. (Agencies)

Published: 28-08-2018 09:10

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