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DATE=8/30/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KYRGYZ BOMBING (S) NUMBER=2-253255 (CQ) BYLINE=PETER HEINLEIN DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: //Deleting reference, in last sentence of second graf of text, to president of Uzbekistan's attending Bishkek summit // INTRO: Warplanes have bombed several villages in southern Kyrgyzstan where hundreds of gunmen are holding at least a dozen hostages, including four Japanese geologists. V-O-A's Peter Heinlein is monitoring developments from our Moscow bureau. TEXT: Officials in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, say the Sunday night bombing raids targeted suspected rebel hideouts in the remote southern region between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The gunmen are believed to be followers of a radical Uzbek opposition leader attempting to destabilize that country's government. Kyrgyz officials declined to identify the warplanes, but they are believed to be from Uzbekistan. Uzbek planes carried out similar strikes against the rebels last week. Kyrgyzstan has appealed to other Central Asian states and Russia for help in battling the gunmen, who have been holding four Japanese mining specialists, a senior Kyrgyz police official and a dozen other hostages for more than a week. (Signed) NEB/PFH/GE/kl 30-Aug-1999 08:41 AM EDT (30-Aug-1999 1241 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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