Deadly raid at former presidents compound, Kyrgyzstan (Photo: RSE)
Kyrgyz special forces have stormed the home of the country’s former president Almazbek Atambayev in an attempt to take him into custody, according to Russian state media TASS. He refused to obey a subpoena in an unspecified criminal investigation. The events were streamed live on Facebook by journalist Mirbek Aitikeev.
Scenes inside the house where the fighting took place show that Atambaev had his own security personnel who were with him when the raid began. The raid went bad, and some of the special forces officers surrendered to the crowd. One police officer was shot dead during the standoff.