49 dead in Kyrgyzstan ethnic clashes

June 12, 2010 09:20

OSH, Kyrgyzstan —The death toll from ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan has climbed to at least 49, with more than 650 people wounded, the country's Health Ministry said Saturday.

Police and soldiers battled to stop violent outbreaks in which mobs of armed men torched Uzbek neighborhoods in the Central Asian country.

Fire from heavy machine guns and automatic weapons was heard as troops tried to gain control of the roads.

Police and local residents said groups of young Kyrgyz men arrived in Osh from other parts of the country. They were armed with metal bars and some had automatic weapons.

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