Police in Kyrgyzstan say unknown gunmen have shot dead a leading parliamentarian in the capital, Bishkek.

Authorities named the victim as Zhirgalbek Surabaldiyev, but gave no other details. The motive for the shooting and the identity of the attackers were not immediately clear.

Kyrgyzstan has been wracked by political turmoil for months following a disputed parliamentary poll in February and March that sparked protests and led to the ousting of President Askar Akayev.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.