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[29.05.23] As Last of Alleged Jalal-Abad Raiders Caught

Adyl Karimov, the alleged leader of the gang that attacked the Jalal-Abad police headquarters on 15 May and made off with a number of weapons, was arrested on 27 May in the southern Kyrgyz town of Tash-Kumir, Interior Ministry press spokesman Djoldoshbek Busurmankulov announced the following day, khabar.kz, akipress.org, and Interfax reported. Karimov reportedly still had in his possession two Makarov pistols stolen during the raid. He had reportedly been in hiding in the assembled the gang to free a number of criminal bosses and destabilize southern Kyrgyzstan. National Security Service Deputy Chairman Boris Poluektov told parliament that the object of the raid was to steal weapons to stage an armed coup (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 27 May 2003). The gang reportedly believed the people of Aksy Raion, where five demonstrators were killed by police in 2002, would support them. Police officials said that the raiders arrested immediately after the attack in Jalal-Abad confessed they wanted the weapons in order to commit further crimes.
Eurasianet, May 29, 2003

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