Tajikistan closes border crossing with Afghanistan due to terror threats

Tajikistan police have closed the main crossing point with Afghanistan — Sher Khan Bandar — over the past four days, officials in northern Kunduz province said on Wednesday.

Provincial Trade Union Head Syed Mujtaba Hashimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the Tajik police had blocked the highway of Sher Khan Bandar with Afghanistan.

The trader representative said goods of Afghan traders remained on the Tajikistan side of the border and measures should be taken to clear their crossing into Afghanistan.

The spokesman for the governor of Takhar province, Niamatullah Temori, also confirmed the issue and said: “The Tajik police may have closed the highway to ensure security for the New Year festival.’’

Sher Khan Bandar is a border town in Kunduz next to the Panj River that forms border with Tajikistan.