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[28.05.23] Kyrgyzstan Reinforces Borders with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan has reinforced its border with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Border Service head Kalmurat Sadiyev told Interfax on Wednesday.
These steps were taken in the wake of an attack on law enforcement agencies in Dzhalal-Abad and after the detention of members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan involved in staging a terrorist attack in Osh.
"At least 36 border violators, some of them members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, have been detained this year. Competent agencies are dealing with them," Sadiyev said.
On May 8, one person was killed when a homemade bomb exploded in Osh.
On May 15, eight people attacked the buildings of the state and regional interior departments in Dzhelal-Abad. The attackers assaulted policemen, seized weapons in the buildings, and escaped to the Aksy district of the Dzhalal-Abad region. Stechkin and Makarov pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles were among the seized weapons.
In valley areas, border protection "will be carried out physically and in mountainous areas, a transfer will be made to technical methods," Sadiyev said.
"Speaking about the technical aspect of Kyrgyz border protection, we are oriented towards Russia and will procure necessary equipment from it if we have the opportunity. So far we are working on several grant projects in the sphere of border guard assets procurement in the framework of the Kyrgyz Border Security Maintenance and Central Asian Border Security Maintenance programs financed by the United States and European Union," he said.
Interfax-AVN, May 28, 2003

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