Local news outlets claim that Former President Almazbek Atambayev was arrested at his compound in Koy Tash, outside of Bishkek, following a second raid on Thursday evening (local time), August 8. The arrest follows disruptive protests between government forces and supporters of Atambayev that left one soldier dead and dozens of protesters wounded.
Demonstrations are expected to persist in Bishkek and Koy Tash over the coming hours and days. Further clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out as tensions remain high in the country. Local reports state mobile and internet service disruptions are ongoing in Koy Tash as of Thursday; it was not immediately clear when service will resume.
On August 7, government special forces attempted to arrest former President Almazbek Atambayev at his compound in Koy Tash, outside of Bishkek. Health officials said that at least 36 people were wounded and one soldier was reportedly killed during the raid. Hundreds of the former President's supporters rallied in Koy Tash to prevent the arrest. Reports indicate that six of the soldiers were detained. Atambayev subsequently called for mass protests to demand the resignation of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
Almazbek Atambayev, whose presidential term ended in late 2017, has since been stripped of immunity from prosecution by president Sooronbai Jeenbekov's government and stands accused of corruption.
Individuals in Bishkek are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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