Kyrgyz special forces conduct operation to detain former president


Kyrgyz former president Almazbek Atambayev. (Photo: Xinhua)

BISHKEK, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The special forces of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security are carrying out an operation to detain the country's former president Almazbek Atambayev, the official Kabar news agency reported Wednesday.

"The soldiers were equipped only with rubber bullets. Currently, the detention operation continues," Kabar said, citing the committee's press service.

Shootings were heard in Atambayev's house in the village of Koi-Tash and at least 12 people were injured during the clash, according to Kabar.