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Reports: Russian Businessman Targeted In Bishkek Bombing

Police have cordoned off the place where the explosion took place in the Kyrgyz capital.
Police have cordoned off the place where the explosion took place in the Kyrgyz capital.

A Russian businessman has been targeted in a bombing attack in Bishkek, police sources in the Kyrgyz capital say.

Bishkek city police spokeswoman Karima Japarkulova told RFE/RL that an explosion was reported by the residents of a house in downtown Bishkek close to noon on August 10. She did not provide further details.

RFE/RL correspondents at the bombing site report that the area is cordoned off by the police and sappers are examining the area.

Chief of the Bishkek city police's press service, Adyl Omorov, told RFE/RL that there were no casualties.

Several media outlets quoted police sources as saying that Russian businessman Gaidukov was most likely targeted by the attackers, whose aim was to frighten him.

A video taken by a security camera on the building shows how three men exit a vehicle and climb a staircase when an explosion hits the wall of the building.

Doctors at a Bishkek clinic said they treated Gaidukov for minor injuries on his hip and hand after the explosion and he left the hospital.

In approximately the same area in Bishkek in 2016, Gaidukov was shot at twice. The shooter was never identified.

Gaidukov, a St. Petersburg-based Russian businessman, is the co-founder of Bishkek-Expo company that specializes in food production, mainly cooking oil, in Kyrgyzstan's southern Jalal-Abad region.

With reporting by Kaktus, Akipress, and Interfax

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