Bomber Killed Outside Israeli Embassy (AP) By AZIZ NURITOFF TASHKENT, Uzbekistan 05/13/05 2:35 AM)
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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Police shot and killed a suicide bomber
outside the Israeli Embassy in the Uzbek capital on Friday, the U.S.
Embassy in Tashkent said.
Police had sealed off the street where the embassy is located but
denied that anything was amiss. However, the U.S. Embassy said on its
Web site that an attacker had been killed. It did not report any
"There was an incident right outside the Israeli embassy in Tashkent
and it is under investigation," said Israeli Foreign Ministry
spokesman Mark Regev, giving no further details. No one answered
phones at the Israeli Embassy in Tashkent.
The shooting came as tensions rose in the Central Asian nation. Armed
protesters freed inmates from a prison overnight and shooting was
reported in the eastern city of Andijan on Friday as thousands took
to the streets to protest the trial of 23 prominent businessmen on
charges of Islamic extremism.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov and other leaders were flying to
Andijan, while the Defense Ministry held an urgent meeting on the
unrest, police and government officials said on condition of
In southern Tashkent, dozens of police stood at each end of Abdulla
Kahhor Street, where the Israeli Embassy is located, on Friday
morning and prevented people from approaching. The building itself
was sealed off by red police tape. An ambulance was seen entering the
It was the second known attempted suicide attack against the Israeli
Embassy in a year. In July, two Uzbek guards, including the
ambassador´s personal bodyguard, were killed in a suicide bombing at
The U.S. Embassy and Uzbek prosecutors´ office also were targeted in
nearly simultaneous suicide attacks, which killed seven people in all.
Uzbek leaders blamed Islamic extremists for the bombings. (Copyright
2005 Associated Press. 05/13/05)
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