The health ministry said that 36 people, including 15 security services members, were with injured [Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters]

A Kyrgyz officer was killed Wednesday when special forces stormed the compound of former president Almazbek Atambayev, as mounting tensions with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov threaten to spark a political crisis in the fragile Central Asian state.

The officer died from a gunshot wound after Atambayev’s supporters tried to stop his arrest, the Kyrgyz health ministry said.

“A special forces officer was delivered (to hospital) in an extremely serious condition with a gunshot wound. Despite resuscitation attempts, he died,” it said in a statement.

Atambayev, who ruled Kyrgyzstan from 2011 to 2017 before handing over to Jeenbekov, has barricaded himself in his residence. He also increased

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