A border post of Russia's Moskovsky detachment, located 160 kilometers southeast of Dushanbe, came under fire from Tajik territory at 12:15 a.m. local time on Wednesday. Several bursts were fired from automatic rifles at the Russian border guards, wounding one. He was given medical aid and his condition is satisfactory, the press service of the Russian border troops in Tajikistan has announced. The commander of the border-guard squad has placed the entire garrison in a state of readiness and has reinforced it with reserves, The Associated Press reports. It was the third attack on Russian border guards over the past ten days. A consignment of heroin weighing about 180 kilograms was confiscated in the zone controlled by the Moskovsky border detachment on December 15.
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February