Soldiers on streets of Kyrgyzstan’s second city as violence flares


Luke Harding
The Guardian
June 11, 2010

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At least 39 dead and more than 600 injured as clashes spark fears of worsening ethnic conflictKyrgyzstan today sent soldiers and armoured troop carriers on to the streets of the second city, Osh, after clashes between two ethnic groups killed at least 39 people and left more than 600 injured.

The transitional government – which took power in April after the president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was ousted in a popular revolt – declared a state of emergency in four southern areas after youths armed with guns, steel bars and rocks clashed across the city.

The violent clashes threatened worsening ethnic conflict across the region. The streets echoed with gunfire and gangs built barricades, looting and burning shops, cafes and boutiques.

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