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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Afghans Deny Charge

SLAMABAD () -- Afghanistan denied Wednesday that its forces were involved in clashes on the Afghan-Tajik border in which seven Russian border guards were killed.

Afghanistan "hopes that the common border will be changed into a border of peace and understanding," said a statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Ministry.

The ministry said it "rejects categorically any involvement of the forces under the command of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in causing tension along the Afghan-Tajik border."

The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to Kabul on Friday after seven Russian border guards were killed and 13 injured in an overnight clash with Tajik rebels near the frontier.