Former Kyrgyzstani President Almazbek Atambayev has reportedly survived an assassination attempt, which injured two people. The incumbent leader, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, has ordered a state of emergency in Bishkek over mass protests.
Atambayev’s car came under fire, his aide, Kunduz Zholdubaeva, said in a Facebook post, adding that the politician escaped unharmed. She also posted a video, in which Atambayev accuses some security officials and members of rival “clans” of trying to assassinate him while saying he got the information about the plot in advance.
A video published on Twitter by a local journalist also allegedly shows a moment when an unknown assailant draws a pistol and fires at ex-president’s car as it drives through a busy crossing crowded with people in the nation’s capital of Bishkek.
Оказывается выстрелы были предположительно по уезжающей машине Атамбаева. Тилека Токтогазиева ранили в голову, ещё весь окровавленный без сознания лежит якобы телохранитель Атамбаева. pic.twitter.com/jUEgdfxhz1
— Nurjamal Djanibekova (@NurjamalD) October 9, 2020
According to some reports, Atambayev’s bodyguard was injured in the incident.
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