Kyrgyz police in shootout with suspected Islamist escapee

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 22, 2015 11:13 AM

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Shooting broke out on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on Thursday between police and a man believed to be one of the Islamist militants who escaped from a local prison this month, the Interior Ministry said.

A spokesman for the ministry said police believed Altynbek Itibayev, who has been convicted for murder and faces more charges, including those of terrorism, had barricaded himself inside a small building with another unidentified men.

He said no casualties had been reported.

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alexander Winning)