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More Turkmen Troops Killed Along Afghan Border

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

For the second time in three months Turkmen troops along the Afghan border have suffered losses.

Three Turkmen soldiers were killed on May 24 by a small armed group that crossed the border from the Ghormach region of Afghanistan's Faryab Province.

The motive for this latest attack is unclear.

But RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, Azatlyk, reported that the acting head of Afghanistan's Ghormach district, Asyl Khan, said information he received from security officials in the area where the shooting took place indicated that the intruders took weapons -- two Kalashnikovs and a heavy-caliber machine gun -- from the slain soldiers and brought them back to Afghanistan.

Khan added that, according to his information, Turkmenistan's forces did not react to the attack on their territory.

It was unclear who the attackers were. Qishloq Ovozi has previously reported that there are militant groups in northern Afghanistan who are allied with the Taliban but are led by ethnic Uzbeks.

These militants reportedly include both ethnic Uzbeks and Turkmen.

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Bruce Pannier with contributions from Muhammad Tahir (RFE/RL's Turkmen Service) and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

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More Turkmen Troops Killed Along Afghan Border

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