BREAKING: Tajikistani forces bomb Batken airport in Kyrgyzstan

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Batken airport in Kyrgyzstan has been bombed by Tajikistani forces.

 

At least eight civilians are reported to have been killed in shelling attacks carried out this evening, Friday, September 16, by Tajikistani forces as they attempt to knock the Kyrgyzstan airport of Batken airport in Kirgiz. Another 24 people are also believed to have been injured.

A separate report claims that during the last 18 hours, at least 24-30 civilians were killed and around 100 people injured. The Tajik army is thought to have deployed special forces operatives into Kyrgyzstan.

According to reports, an Uragan MLRS attack targeted the airport and military registration and enlistment office in the city of Batken. Tajik troops are believed to be occupying two villages just across the border into Kyrgyzstan.

Around 160,000 civilians are said to be trying to leave Kyrgyzstan and attempting to cross over into neighbouring countries at the border. Others simply travelled deeper into the country to escape the conflict.

If the Tajikistan attack does not stop then the Kyrgyz parliament will declare a general mobilisation tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, according to the latest reports online.

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