BISHKEK, June 23 (RIA Novosti) - Five militants have been killed in a special operation conducted by law enforcement agencies in southern Kyrgyzstan, a republican state committee for national security said on Tuesday.
Police tracked the militants, who were believed to be members of a terrorist and extremist organization called the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, down to a one-storey residential building near the town of Dzhalal-Abad.
The committee said that one officer was killed and another hospitalized during the operation.
According to preliminary information, the militants were trained at international terrorist centers and made their way to Kyrgyzstan from abroad.
"During the special operation, the militants from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan put up fierce resistance using automatic rifles, hand grenades and other explosives," the committee said.