The Importance of Searching Detainees

by Nathan Hamm on 11/22/2004

It’s quite important.

Special forces of the Interior Ministry of Kyrgyzstan mounted Law and Order Operation in Osh, the second largest city of the republic, on November 21. Four young men failed to produce identification, were detained, and driven to the municipal Internal Affairs Directorate. When the police UAZ pulled over in front of the building and three detainees were already out and escorted to the door, the fourth snatched a hand grenade from his pocket. He himself and a serviceman of special forces perished in the explosion. Three other detainees made use of the confusion and escaped.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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