BISHKEK. Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service said today that a December 27 explosion at a Bishkek market that killed seven people and left more than 50 injured was the result of an explosive device, not an accident. The security service said chemical analysis showed an explosive identified as penaktogen was used in the bombing of the Dordoi bazaar complex.
Investigators said penaktogen had not been used previously in Central Asia, but was related to the explosive used in a series of apartment bombings in Russia in 1999.
Investigators said they believed the people responsible for planting the explosives had probably left Kyrgyzstan. The security service did not say who they suspected might be behind the explosion. Investigators originally suspected fireworks on sale at the bazaar had started a fire that spread to a gas canister which caused the deadly explosion.