Shells Hit Tajikistan During Clashes over Border in Afghanistan

Published October 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Nine shells landed in Tajikistan during fighting between Taliban forces and opposition troops across the border in northeast Afghanistan, Russian border guards reported Sunday. 

Saturday's fighting took place inside Afghanistan, according to Tajik border guards posted about five to 10 kilometres (three to six miles) away, Russian border guard spokesman Colonel Alexander Kondratiyev told AFP. 

Seven tank and two missile shells exploded on Tajik territory without causing any casualties, he added. 

The hardline Islamic Taliban movement, which controls about 90 percent of Afghanistan, has seized key strongholds of the opposition Northern Alliance in fierce fighting in recent weeks. 

The 1,500-kilometre border between the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan and Afghanistan is patrolled by mainly Russian guards under an agreement between Moscow and Dushanbe -- DUSHANBE (AFP)  

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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