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Kazakhstan: Deadly Border Incident Pinned on Smugglers

A deadly shooting on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan has provided a grim illustration of the limitations in the free circulation of people and trade between the two nations despite the optimistic forecasts of those championing the Eurasian Economic Union.

The incident occurred on the evening of August 12 when Kazakhstani border guards in the Zhambyl region intercepted a group of around 15 people illegally passing through a gap in a barbed wire fence. Border officials said in a statement that when their men confronted the group, they were pelted rocks and other objects.

Military prosecutors said in a separate statement that the two border officers that sought to intercept the crossing first fired a warning shot in the air.

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Kazakhstan: Deadly Border Incident Pinned on Smugglers

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