80 dead as ethnic rioting spreads across Kyrgyzstan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 13, 2010 09:02

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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