Borderguards patrolling the Tajik-Afghanistan border, a known drug corridor for opium and heroin. The road from Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, through the Tajik Pamir mountains and the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan.

Tajik border guards killed a member of an armed group who had crossed over from Afghanistan and lost an officer during a clash along the border, Asia-Plus news agency reported on Monday.

The report further states that the country’s Main Border Guard Directorate at the State Committee for National Security (SCNS) also issued a statement in this regard yesterday.

“A clash between a border patrol and an armed nine-strong group, which crossed over from Afghanistan, took place near the “Panj” frontier post early Saturday, March 5,” according to the report, the statement stated.

It adds that as a result of the exchange of fire, one trespasser was killed and another one wounded.

Suhrob Safolov, a Warrant Officer of the Tajik border guards was also killed in Saturday’s skirmish.

The Afghan armed group was headed by Mirafzal waladi Arbab Sherafzal and the killed trespasser was identified as Mulla Fashiddin waladi Qurban.

They are said to have crossed over to Tajikistan from the northern Kundoz province of Afghanistan.

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