TASHKENT (Sputnik) – Heightened security measures have been introduced at the Tashkent International Airport (Yuzhny Airport), following the death of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
Arriving passengers, particularly foreigners, are subject to thorough searches which has led to several hundred people having accumulated in the arrivals area, the correspondent said in the early hours of Saturday.
The government of Uzbekistan confirmed that Karimov died at age 78 on Friday. The Uzbek leader was hospitalized last Saturday after suffering a stroke.
Karimov’s funeral will be held in his native city of Samarkand on September 3.