Gunfire heard at ex-Kyrgyz president's home, police move in

August 07, 2019 - 8:02 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Gunfire is being heard outside the residence of the former president of Kyrgyzstan as police move in to try to arrest him.

The Kyrgyz news site said several people, including journalists, have been wounded in the Wednesday shooting in the village of Koi-Tash, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital, Bishkek.

The Central Asian nation's parliament in June rescinded the autonomy that Almazbek Atambayev was accorded as former president of the country. He is accused of a range of crimes including corruption and expropriation of property.

Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, says the charges have been concocted by President Soorobai Jeenbekov, who was once his protégé.