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Bomb Blasts Target Law and Order Bodies in Kyrgyz Capital

Moscow, July 19 (RFE/RL) -- The Itar-Tass news agency says three bomb blasts rocked the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek today, seriously damaging buildings housing law and order facilities.

The agency quotes the Kyrgyz interior ministry as saying the bombs did not cause any casualties.

The ministry says the bombs exploded virtually simultaneously this morning in ventilation ducts at the Bishkek police headquarters, a district prosecutor's office and a prison administration building, causing significant material damage.

The agency says the Kyrgyz interior ministry suspects a local gang of smugglers was responsible, noting that smuggling gangs had threatened retaliation after the police seized large quantities of contraband alcohol, leather and non-ferrous metals.