Shots Fired As Kyrgyz Special Forces Storm Former President Atambayev's Mansion

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A dramatic showdown, with gunfire and even fireworks, broke out amid scuffles outside the mansion of Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Almazbek Atambayev, as special forces were sent there to arrest him over corruption charges, Russia Today reported. Armed troops clad in body armor stormed Atambayev’s residence in the village of Koi-Tash late Wednesday as his supporters audaciously defended their man with sticks and stones. Witnesses said shots were heard inside the mansion, but it wasn’t immediately clear who’d fired them. The National Security Committee insisted Atambayev’s supporters were using firearms against the troops, who only had rubber bullets in their magazines. The health ministry...

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