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Uzbekistan says it detains 84 Afghan servicemen who crossed border

/ 04:59 PM August 16, 2021
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National army soldiers arrive at the site of explosion near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. AFP FILE PHOTO

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan has detained 84 Afghan military servicemen who crossed the border on Saturday, the Tashkent government said on Sunday, adding that another group of soldiers had amassed near a border checkpoint on the Afghan side.

Afghan servicemen crossed the border into Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in a similar way last month when they retreated from the Taliban insurgents’ offensive – which has accelerated in recent days leaving little but the capital Kabul in the Afghan government’s hands.

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On Sunday, insurgents took the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight.

Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the first group of 84 Afghan soldiers made no attempts to resist when Uzbek border guards detained them but instead sought medical help.

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The Tashkent government is also providing humanitarian aid to a group of Afghan soldiers who have amassed on the Afghan side of the Termez-Khairaton bridge, the ministry said. The bridge is a car and railway link between the two countries.

Uzbekistan is in talks with Kabul on returning the troops home and resolving the situation at the bridge, it said.

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