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Kyrgyzstan: Top Politician Escapes Grenade Attack

Bishkek, 7 September 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Officials say attackers hurled three grenades at a senior government figure in Kyrgyzstan, leaving him with shrapnel wounds. The attack late last night came just days after officials warned of rising opposition pressure in the country.

Security Council Secretary Misir Ashirkulov was leaving his car outside his home in the capital Bishkek when the attackers threw the three grenades. Ashirkulov, who is also acting head of the presidential administration, was injured by shrapnel from the first blast before being dragged back into his car by his driver.

Presidential aide Bolot Dzhanuzakov said the attack was a clear attempt on the life of Ashirkulov and a clear terrorist act of political character. Dzhanuzakov said the assailants had not been identified and gave no further details.