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Robbery, Kidnapping At VIP Section Of Osh Airport

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

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