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Kyrgyzstan: Ex-leader Atambayev’s supporters set off fireworks to stop police raid01:35

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-leader Atambayev’s supporters set off fireworks to stop police raid

Kyrgyzstan, Koi-Tash
August 7, 2019 at 17:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of Kyrgyzstan’s former President Almazbek Atambayev attempted to stop the country’s security forces from detaining the ex-leader, in the village of Koi-Tash on Wednesday.

Footage shows Atambayev’s supporters setting off fireworks to repel the police raiding his residence.

According to Kyrgystan's Ministry of Health, two people were taken to hospital after suffering rubber bullet wounds during the ex-president's attempted arrest.

The former president's spokesperson was quoted by TASS as saying that at least ten people were injured in the raid and that the police have taken Atambayev to an unknown location.

The reports were later denied by local lawmaker Irina Karamushkina, who stated that the ex-leader is still holed up in his house.

Atambayev's immunity as the former leader of the country was revoked by the Kyrgyz parliament in June and he faces corruption charges.

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Supporters of Kyrgyzstan’s former President Almazbek Atambayev attempted to stop the country’s security forces from detaining the ex-leader, in the village of Koi-Tash on Wednesday.

Footage shows Atambayev’s supporters setting off fireworks to repel the police raiding his residence.

According to Kyrgystan's Ministry of Health, two people were taken to hospital after suffering rubber bullet wounds during the ex-president's attempted arrest.

The former president's spokesperson was quoted by TASS as saying that at least ten people were injured in the raid and that the police have taken Atambayev to an unknown location.

The reports were later denied by local lawmaker Irina Karamushkina, who stated that the ex-leader is still holed up in his house.

Atambayev's immunity as the former leader of the country was revoked by the Kyrgyz parliament in June and he faces corruption charges.

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