Kyrgyzstan's National Security Committee announced Friday the arrest of 15 suspects in a coup attempt. The announcement came two days before the Nov. 28 general election, the fourth in the country in little more than a year, the Ekho Kavkaza newspaper reported.
According to the committee, a number of members of the Kyrgyz parliament, the Jogorku Kenesh, and some former high-ranking officials were involved in the plot. However, the secret service did not disclose the names of the suspects.
At the same time, it is reported that the Office of the Prosecutor General of Kyrgyzstan created an interagency group to investigate the criminal case.
Kumushbek Shabdanov, an official spokesperson for the State Security Committee, claimed that the suspected conspirators had now gathered about 1,000 people and were preparing for post-election unrest. Intelligence also claimed that searches had uncovered weapons, ammunition and narcotics, as well as documentary evidence of coup preparations.