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. 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)
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
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
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
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
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
Wounded supporters of former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev guard his house
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
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, 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
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
An injured man standing outside the house of Atambayev after yesterday's attack
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