80 dead as ethnic rioting spreads across Kyrgyzstan

June 13, 2010 09:02


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OSH, Kyrgyzstan — Ethnic violence on Sunday spread across southern Kyrgyzstan, where at least 80 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded.

Thousands of Uzbeks fled their homes in Osh, the second-largest city in the Central Asian country that hosts US and Russian military air bases. Much of the city was burned down.

Gunfire rang out Sunday in the city of Jalal-Abad and nearby Bazar-Kurgan village was tense.

Local political activist Asyl Tekebayev said a mob of up to 400 Uzbeks was overturning cars. He said they killed a police captain. Residents said armed Kyrgyz men from other parts of the region were arriving in the village.

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