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Robbery, Kidnapping At VIP Section Of Osh Airport

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

Men dressed in military camouflage uniforms and armed with automatic rifles robbed the VIP section of the Osh Airport in southern Kyrgyzstan and kidnapped a businessman.

Posing as members of the Interior Ministry commando unit (OMON), the armed men robbed the airport's VIP lounge during the morning of December 27 while passengers were waiting for a flight to the Chinese city of Urumqi.

A spokesperson for the regional police said five armed masked men burst into the VIP area at about 10:00 local time and shouted "Everyone lie down on the floor. This is a special operation!"

The men then took away "three or four packages with cash in them and a man, presumably the owner of the cash," the spokesperson said.

The bandits escaped with the businessman and a search for them continues.

With additional information from and Interfax