Incident Summary:

04/12/2006: A leading pro-democracy activist, Edil Baisalov, leader of a coalition of civic groups called For Democracy and Civil Society, suffered a 5 cm wound in the back of the neck when unknown assailants attacked from behind as he was leaving his office at 6:00 p.m in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Central Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civic Groups in Kyrgystan
Specific Description Edil Baisalov, leader For Democracy and Civil Society
Nationality of Target Kyrgyzstan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Preliminary questioning of witnesses revealed that Baysalov was hit with a 50-cm-long pipe wrapped in a newspaper.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society [NGO] criticized that there was nothing more than a criminal charge filed based on Article 234 Part Three of the Criminal Code - hooliganism - as hypocrisy of the current authorities, believing instead that the attack was politically motivated so as to stop Baysalov's 'sociopolitical' involvement. --Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev stated the he suspected the attack may have been aimed at destabilizing the situation in Bishkek and harm peace and stability in Kyrgyzstan. --In a report with Kyrgyz Radio 1, Baysalov contended the attack was in response to his political activities. -- A press service said the next morning, that the patient was transferred from the intensive care unit to a ward of neurotraumatology department N1 of the national hospital due to a closed craniocerebral injury, brain concussion and a bruise on the right side of his occiput. --Kyrgyz businessman Rysbek Akmatbayev was accused of having involvement in the attack. It had been difficult for authorities to determine whether this and similar murders were really part of organized criminal turf-fighting.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Kyrgyz NGO says "political motive" in attack on its leader,” Bishkek AKIpress (Internet Version-WWW) in Russian, April 15, 2006.
“Injured Kyrgyz NGO leader links attack to political activity,” Bishkek Kyrgyz Radio One in Kyrgyz, April 13, 2006.
“REBELS ATTACK DEEP INTO CHAD,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), April 13, 2006.