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Kyrgyzstan: Leader Of Attack On Interior Ministry Buildings Caught

Bishkek, 28 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz law-enforcement officials said today they have detained a man suspected of organizing attacks on Interior Ministry buildings in the southern Djalal-Abad Oblast earlier this month. The Interior Ministry said that police in the town of Tash-Kumyr apprehended Adyl Karimov, known by his nickname "Black Adyl."

Karimov has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since 15 May 15 when he and a small armed group attacked police stations in the Djalal-Abad area and stole a large number of weapons.

Kyrgyz officials said Karimov and his group were planning to free a jailed comrade.

Seven other members of the group are already in custody. Kyrgyz authorities believe they now have captured all members of the group.