Kyrgyz police storm ex-president's house - report

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  • Wednesday, 07 Aug 2019

FILE PHOTO: Kyrgyz former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was stripped of legal immunity after a parliamentary vote, and his supporters attend a meeting with journalists in the village of Koy-Tash near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyz police stormed the house of former president Almazbek Atambayev on Wednesday, Kyrgyz news websites Akipress and reported, citing eyewitnesses.

Both outlets said armed police were seen entering the house, located in a village near the capital Bishkek, while a helicopter flew over it. They also cited witnesses who said they had heard gunshots and seen wounded people leaving the house.

The Kyrgyz parliament stripped Atambayev of immunity in June, accusing him of corruption, and police have repeatedly asked him to come in for questioning, which he has refused to do.

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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