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[25.07.2OO2] Cross-dress killers murder 3 Koreans in Kyrgyzstan

ALMATY, July 25 (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen disguised as women snuck into a dance girl agency in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek this week and shot dead its South Korean owner, his wife and an elderly woman, state police said on Thursday.
 
They said two men wearing women's clothes and wigs slipped into the office on Wednesday of a firm which bills itself as an agency that sends young local women to South Korea as dancers.
 
The killers pushed the agency staff to the floor and then killed the three South Koreans in a hail of bullets that also wounded two Kyrgyz women, police spokesman Dzholdoshbek Bazurmankulov told Reuters from Bishkek.
 
The spokesman said the assailants, described in a police statement as "Asian looking" escaped before police arrived.
 
Foreigners working in the hard up mountainous nation of five million people have recently become targets for criminals.
 
A South Korean businessman was murdered in Bishkek earlier this month. China's consul in Kyrgyzstan, Wang Jianping, was killed in a shooting in Bishkek in late June.
 
Reuters, July 25, 2002

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