Kyrgyz State National Security Committee: Atambayev plotted a coup
Kyrgyzstan’s former President Almazbek Atambayev, detained on August 8, had plotted to carry out a coup, head of the country’s State National Security Committee Orozbek Opumbayev said.
According to him, the ex-president used women and children as a human shield during a special operation to detain him as he intended to take advantage of media reports about civilian casualties in his attempts to overthrow the authorities.
The head of the country’s State National Security Committee also said that a special forces soldier who participated in a special operation to detain Atambayev was killed with a weapon later found in the ex-president’s house.
"The soldier was killed with a weapon kept in Atambayev’s house. A great number of weapons were found in his house, including a Dragunov sniper rifle. Atambayev confessed to firing six bullets at my people," TASS cited Opumbayev as saying.