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Dozens killed in Kyrgyzstan protests
April 7, 2010
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Anti-government unrest rocked the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday as thousands of protesters stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor’s office and looted state TV headquarters.
At least 17 people were killed and least 180 wounded in clashes, the government told the Associated Press, while Reuters reported that an emergency services official said more than 50 people may have been killed.
The eruption of violence upset the relative stability of this mountainous former Soviet nation, which houses a U.S. military base that is a key supply center in the fight against the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan.
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