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Raid to arrest former Kyrgyz president for corruption charges failed

A raid to arrest the former president of Kyrgyzstan for corruption charges failed after his supporters held out in a fight in which a special troops killed a soldier and injured more than 40 others

The attack on the residence of former President Almazbek Atambayev south of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, started last night and continued into the early morning hours.

A crowd of supporters of Atambayev resisted the robbers, while some barricaded themselves in and took six soldiers as hostages.

The attack on the residence of former President Almazbek Atambayev south of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, started last night and continued into the early morning hours. Depicted is one of his supporters

A GKNB member of the special forces is attacked by supporters of the former president

A GKNB member of the special forces is attacked by supporters of the former president

The attack on the residence of former President Almazbek Atambayev south of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, started last night and continued into the early morning hours. His supporters (including the man on the left) forced special forces (on the right) to surrender

A crowd of Atambayev supporters resisted the robbers, including by building barricades (such as this one)

A crowd of Atambayev supporters resisted the robbers, including by building barricades (such as this one)

A crowd of Atambayev supporters resisted the robbers, including by building barricades (such as this one)

Police take security measures against Atambayev after the operation by Kyrgyz special forces to detain Atambayev in its rural residence

Police take security measures against Atambayev after the operation by Kyrgyz special forces to detain Atambayev in its rural residence

Police take security measures against Atambayev after the operation by Kyrgyz special forces to detain Atambayev in its rural residence

Atambayev, who was stripped of legal immunity after a parliamentary vote at a meeting on 27 June

Atambayev, who was stripped of legal immunity after a parliamentary vote at a meeting on 27 June

Atambayev, who was stripped of legal immunity after a parliamentary vote at a meeting on 27 June

Deputy Interior Minister Kursan Asanov said the decision to withdraw was taken after negotiations with Atambayev supporters, who agreed to release the six hostages by morning when the troops withdrew.

The health ministry said that 45 people were taken to the hospital along with a member of the special forces that was shot and died from the home.

The attack raises concerns about political stability in Kyrgyzstan, which borders on China and houses a Russian military airbase.

According to local news reports, some people were wounded by weapons fired by special forces during the attack, including a journalist. The state security committee said that only plastic bullets were fired.

A member of the GKNB special forces is attacked by supporters of former President Almazbek Atambayev who guards his house

A member of the GKNB special forces is attacked by supporters of former President Almazbek Atambayev who guards his house

A member of the GKNB special forces is attacked by supporters of former President Almazbek Atambayev who guards his house

The supporters of Atambayev cheer after they have resisted the robbers, some of whom have barricaded themselves inside and have taken six soldiers as hostages.

The supporters of Atambayev cheer after they have resisted the robbers, some of whom have barricaded themselves inside and have taken six soldiers as hostages.

The supporters of Atambayev cheer after they have resisted the robbers, some of whom have barricaded themselves inside and have taken six soldiers as hostages.

A member of the special forces of Kyrgyzstan raises his hands and surrenders to mark the end of the bloody attack

A member of the special forces of Kyrgyzstan raises his hands and surrenders to mark the end of the bloody attack

A member of the special forces of Kyrgyzstan raises his hands and surrenders to mark the end of the bloody attack

Supporters of Atambayev guard his house during an operation by state security forces to hold him

Supporters of Atambayev guard his house during an operation by state security forces to hold him

Supporters of Atambayev guard his house during an operation by state security forces to hold him

A large crowd of police officers gather outside the residence in Koy-Tash, near capital Bishkek during the raid

A large crowd of police officers gather outside the residence in Koy-Tash, near capital Bishkek during the raid

A large crowd of police officers gather outside the residence in Koy-Tash, near capital Bishkek during the raid

One of Atambayev & # 39; s supporters aimed a gun during the night raid with 45 people ended up in the hospital

One of Atambayev & # 39; s supporters aimed a gun during the night raid with 45 people ended up in the hospital

One of Atambayev & # 39; s supporters aimed a gun during the night raid with 45 people ended up in the hospital

The attack raises concerns about political stability in Kyrgyzstan, which borders on China and houses a Russian military airbase

The attack raises concerns about political stability in Kyrgyzstan, which borders on China and houses a Russian military airbase

The attack raises concerns about political stability in Kyrgyzstan, which borders on China and houses a Russian military airbase

Wounded supporters of former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev guard his house

Wounded supporters of former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev guard his house

Wounded supporters of former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev guard his house

Archers who support Atambayev in his home, where the attack started yesterday

Archers who support Atambayev in his home, where the attack started yesterday

Archers who support Atambayev in his home, where the attack started yesterday

The health ministry said 45 people were taken to the hospital along with a member of the special forces who were shot from the home and died

The health ministry said 45 people were taken to the hospital along with a member of the special forces who were shot from the home and died

The health ministry said 45 people were taken to the hospital along with a member of the special forces who were shot from the home and died

In June, the Kyrgyz parliament withdrew the immunity that Atambayev had received as former president, opening him up to possible prosecution.

Since then, supporters have kept watch outside of his stay in Koi-Tash, about 20 km from Bishkek, awaiting an attempt to arrest him.

He is accused of various crimes, including corruption and expropriation of property.

Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, said that the charges were made by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who was once his protector.

Atambayev is accused of a series of crimes, including corruption and expropriation of property. Depicted his riot police outside his house

Atambayev is accused of a series of crimes, including corruption and expropriation of property. Depicted his riot police outside his house

Atambayev is accused of a series of crimes, including corruption and expropriation of property. Depicted his riot police outside his house

Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, said the indictment was invented by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who was once his protector

Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, said the indictment was invented by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who was once his protector

Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, said the indictment was invented by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who was once his protector

Supporters of Atambayev fight with special forces outside his home in the village of Koi-Tash

Supporters of Atambayev fight with special forces outside his home in the village of Koi-Tash

Supporters of Atambayev fight with special forces outside his home in the village of Koi-Tash

Atambayev met Russian President Vladimir Putin in July and suggested that he enjoys the support of the Kremlin. But Putin later said that Russia was committed to working with Jeenbekov.

Kyrgyzstan, once praised as an & # 39; island of democracy & # 39; in post-Soviet Central Asia, has been repeatedly shaken by political upheavals.

The first two presidents after independence were both driven out of office by riots.

The supporters of Atambayev block a street with stones as the security forces approach

The supporters of Atambayev block a street with stones as the security forces approach

The supporters of Atambayev block a street with stones as the security forces approach

An injured man standing outside the house of Atambayev after yesterday's attack

An injured man standing outside the house of Atambayev after yesterday's attack

An injured man standing outside the house of Atambayev after yesterday's attack

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