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August 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Kyrgyz forces tried to crush an armed group whose latest hostages include 20 soldiers sent to battle the militants in the former Soviet republic. The Defense Ministry said a state of emergency had been declared in the southern Batken region, where the gunmen have been holed up since last weekend. It said warplanes from neighboring Uzbekistan had bombed guerrilla positions. The gunmen seized five small villages in southern Kyrgyzstan after crossing the border from Tajikistan.
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August 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Kyrgyz President Askar A. Akayev vowed to take all possible measures against guerrillas holding 16 hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in the remote south of his mountainous country. In a televised address, Akayev said Kyrgyzstan would do everything in its power to free those kidnapped. "I appeal to the public to remain calm, show a firm spirit and unity, which will be needed to repel the bandits," he said.
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August 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Kyrgyz President Askar A. Akayev vowed to take all possible measures against guerrillas holding 16 hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in the remote south of his mountainous country. In a televised address, Akayev said Kyrgyzstan would do everything in its power to free those kidnapped. "I appeal to the public to remain calm, show a firm spirit and unity, which will be needed to repel the bandits," he said.
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August 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Kyrgyz forces tried to crush an armed group whose latest hostages include 20 soldiers sent to battle the militants in the former Soviet republic. The Defense Ministry said a state of emergency had been declared in the southern Batken region, where the gunmen have been holed up since last weekend. It said warplanes from neighboring Uzbekistan had bombed guerrilla positions. The gunmen seized five small villages in southern Kyrgyzstan after crossing the border from Tajikistan.
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August 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Kyrgyz troops killed 10 gunmen Tuesday from a group of guerrillas who crossed over from Tajikistan, seized hostages and occupied villages. The country's defense minister was dismissed over the hostage crisis. The events in southern Kyrgyzstan were particularly embarrassing for the Kyrgyz government, which was hosting a meeting of leaders from Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to discuss improving stability along the border between China and the former Soviet republics.
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August 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Kyrgyz troops killed 10 gunmen Tuesday from a group of guerrillas who crossed over from Tajikistan, seized hostages and occupied villages. The country's defense minister was dismissed over the hostage crisis. The events in southern Kyrgyzstan were particularly embarrassing for the Kyrgyz government, which was hosting a meeting of leaders from Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to discuss improving stability along the border between China and the former Soviet republics.
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