Kyrgyzstan Frontier Force

The Frontier Forces are the border guard of Kyrgyzstan. The organization is commanded by the interior ministry of the country, officially part of the military of Kyrgyzstan. Since 2011, it has had many disagreements of the border service of Uzbekistan.[1] In 2013, the Frontier Forces took part in a joint military drill with China on the two countries' borders. [2]

On 20 August 2012, at the Echilitash frontier outpost that served as the Issyk-Kul border units command headquarters, 19-year-old Kyrgyz border guard Balbai Kulbarak uulu in a state of desertion fired at his fellow servicemen with a rifle instantly killing four; the outpost commander, senior soldier, warrant officer, junior soldier. A fifth visiting civilian wife of one of the guards was also killed as a result of the gunshot fire. The three other Kyrgyz guards who occupied the border crossing fled in a car upon hearing the shooting take place in the main building.

Kulbarak fled the scene in a stolen car. He was confronted in a nearby gorge the next day while attempting to defect to the Uzbek border. A firefight ensued between police officials and the gunman evidentially leading to his death.[3]

The motive although unknown has been stated to involve "hazing" the bullying of younger servicemen.


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