Blast rocks Bishkek ahead of Clinton visit

12:48, December 01, 2010      

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Kyrgyz security forces went on high alert Tuesday after an explosion in the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek injured at least two police officers and a nurse two days ahead of a visit by U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, reports reaching here said Tuesday.

The blast formed a deep crater in a road outside a court facility of the Sports Palace Stadium.

Underway investigations are trying to determine the nature of the explosive device, an official from Kyrgyzstan Security Council said.

The two officers were lightly injured and taken to a hospital, sources with the Health Ministry said.

The U.S. State Secretary is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on Thursday as part of a four-nation tour to Central Asia and the Gulf. Clinton is due to meet President Roza Otunbayeva and other top government officials to discuss the country's shift to a parliamentary democracy, the first in the region, and topics of mutual interest as well.

The Pentagon is now using the Manas airbase near Bishkek for its military operations in Afghanistan.

Clinton will also attend the seventh summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which would be opened in Astana on Wednesday morning.

Source: Xinhua


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