The Tajikistan warplanes have carried out airstrikes in Darqad district in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, the local officials said.

The airstrike was carried out earlier today hours after a clash broke out between the border forces of Tajikista and suspected drug smugglers.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Jawid Hejri confirmed the incident but did not elaborate further.

In the meantime, an informed local official said a clash took place between the border guards of Tajikista and drug smugglers late on Sunday afternoon, leaving two Tajikistan border guards dead.

Takhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in northeastern parts of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime.

However, the security situation of the province has deteriorated during the recent years amid ongoing efforts by the anti-government armed militants to expand their activities in northern and northeastern parts of the country.


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