Ethnic riots sweep Kyrgyzstan, govt begs for help

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 12, 2010 23:52

OSH, Kyrgyzstan — Ethnic riots wracked southern Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, forcing thousands of Uzbeks to flee as their homes were torched by roving mobs of Kyrgyz men. The interim government begged Russia for troops to stop the violence, but the Kremlin offered only humanitarian assistance.



At least 77 people were reported killed and more than 1,000 wounded in the violence spreading across the impoverished Central Asian nation that hosts U.S. and Russian air bases.



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