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Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Islamists Mount Prison Breakout

Kyrgyzstan has been gripped by a fresh wave of security anxieties after nine men belonging to a banned radical Islamist group broke out of a prison near the capital, killing three guards during their escape.

Authorities said five of the fugitives, who were members of the group, were captured in a nearby village after the escape, which occurred on the night of October 11.

All had been convicted on terrorism and extremism charges.

In an alarming indicator of security provisions at the detention facility in the village of Nizhny Norus, the escape appears to have been made possible by a power failure. Brownouts are a commonplace occurrence in Kyrgyzstan and their frequency tends to increase in the winter months.

The head of the prison service, Salamat Abdiyev, told reporters that the power was down for half an hour and that the electricity is frequently turned off due to weather conditions.

“We have a diesel generator, but that is to supply power to the [prison] perimeter,” he said in comments reported by AKIpress.

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