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For the Record: Conflicting Reports on Latest Kyrgyzstan Violence

As we reported yesterday, Kyrgyz authorities have said that two violent incidents this week were the work of Islamic militants. But authorities quickly arrived at this conclusion, without providing evidence, after presenting some odd accounts of the November 29 shootout in Osh and the November 30 bomb explosion in Bishkek. For the record:  

Kushbak Tezekbaev, a deputy governor of Osh Province who was the first official to speak publicly about the events in Osh on November 29, claimed the Kyrgyz security services were conducting a special operation against a band of criminals in the Majrimtal district of Osh, an Uzbek-populated neighborhood that was one of the sites of ethnic clashes in June. 

Tezekbaev said the event was “not an act of terrorism.”

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For the Record: Conflicting Reports on Latest Kyrgyzstan Violence

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