Ahmad Bakiyev, the brother of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, went missing on Wednesday in the south of Kyrgyzstan, local media said on Thursday.
Uprisings broke out in Kyrgyzstan on April 6, spreading across the country and leaving at least 84 dead and around 1,600 injured. President Bakiyev was deposed and forced to flee the capital and later the country.
"Yesterday, April 21, at lunch time, Ahmad Bakiyev left to meet somebody. He did not say who he was meeting or where he was going. At around 18.00 he called me and only managed to say: 'Brother...,' I could hear shots being fired," one of the ousted president's other brothers, Kanybek, said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday Kanybek Bakiyev said his brother was at risk of being "seized or even murdered". He said Kyrgyz interim government officials had invited Ahmad to a meeting to give him some kind of message for the deposed president.
Kanybek said he stayed in contact with Ahmad for an hour, but when they tried to speak again, Kanybek heard a noise and two shots, then the cell phone was turned off.
Relatives of the ousted president did not turn to the police for help.
BISHKEK, April 22 (RIA Novosti)