Afghanistan officials said on Monday August 27th that either a Tajik or a Russian aircraft had bombed a north-eastern Afghan border district during a clash between gunmen and Tajik border guards. However, officials in both Tajikistan and Russia denied any involvement by their planes.
Two Afghan officials said that the air attack followed a clash between gunmen and Tajik border guards in the Durqad district of Takhar province.
As reported by Reuters, a spokesman for Takhar provincial police, Khalil Asir, said eight Taliban were killed and six wounded in the air strike after a clash in which two Tajik border guards were killed. He stated, “It was not clear if it was a Russian or Tajik aircraft.”
An Afghan defence ministry spokesman declined to make any immediate comment.
Meanwhile, Russia said its military aircraft had not conducted any operations near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan, the RIA news agency cited the defence ministry as saying.