A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after facing accusations he sparked a panic by suggesting a recent presidential inauguration ceremony was the target of a bomb plot.
Duishenbek Zilaliyev, who had only served as head of the State Asset Management Fund for a month, denies the claims against him, saying he was simply misheard when he complimented a female police cadet on her uniform.
The incident in question occurred on November 24, the day President Sooronbai Jeenbekov was sworn into office. According to the police cadet’s account, she was approached by Zilaliyev while she was standing in a security cordon created along a highway for the event. The official then informed her that a bomb had been planted somewhere along the highway, she has claimed. Alarm briefly ensued, and security services later opened an investigation into the episode.
Zilaliyev says that whole story is hogwash.
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