updated 10/22/2009 4:56:48 PM ET 2009-10-22T20:56:48

The director of a circus arena says an ice-skating bear turned on its trainers, killing one and seriously wounding another.

Kurmangazy Isanayev said a visiting Russian troupe was rehearsing for a show in Bishkek when the attack occurred Wednesday. Isanayev said workers dragged the trainers away from the bear.

The exits were then closed and rescue services called in.

Police say they shot the bear dead.

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