Kyrgyz officer dies, 36 injured after security forces storm Atambayev's home

 Kyrgyz officer dies, 36 injured after security forces storm Atambayev's home

An officer was killed yesterday when special forces stormed the compound of former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev in Koi-Tash.

The officer died from a gunshot wound after Atambayev's supporters tried to prevent him being detained, the Kyrgyz health ministry said.

"A special forces officer was delivered (to hospital) in an extremely serious condition with a gunshot wound. Despite resuscitation attempts, he died," the statement reads.

Clashes broke out there in the evening after Kyrgyzstan's national security committee (GKNB) said its special forces were undertaking a "special operation to detain former president Almazbek Atambayev."

The health ministry said that 36 people, including 15 members of the security services, had been admitted to hospital with injuries, the AFP reported.

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