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One Russian officer was wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants near the Russian airbase in Kyrgyzstan, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in the Central Asian country said on Sunday.
BISHKEK, April 20 (RIA Novosti) - One Russian officer was wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants near the Russian airbase in Kyrgyzstan, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in the Central Asian country said on Sunday.

The incident occurred early on Sunday when several persons wearing the uniform of Kyrgyz police stopped a car with three Russian offices and tried to force them into their jeep. During the incident, one of the Russian officers was seriously wounded, the spokesman said.

The officer has been hospitalized, the spokesman said.

Russia established in October 2003 its own airbase in Kant, about 20 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital. The Russian base currently deploys about 400 troops, as well as 20 combat and transport planes, helicopters, and L-39 trainers.

Russian troops are stationed at Kant under an agreement in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) - a regional security bloc in Central Asia, which also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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