Protesters clash with police outside Kyrgyz presidential office, four killed

17:22, April 07, 2010      

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At least four people were killed when Kyrgyz opposition protesters, who were demanding the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, clashed with riot police outside the presidential headquarters Wednesday, a Xinhua reporter witnessed.

Opposition supporters marched toward the presidential office in the city center from different directions in the morning. Some protesters hijacked quite a few police vehicles and drove them toward the presidential office.

Many protesters clashed and wrestled with police officers outside the presidential office, and many were injured.

The police were firing warning shorts and explosions could be heard.

In a related development, the regional government buildings in Naryn and Chui states were overrun by opposition protesters earlier Wednesday, witnesses told Xinhua.

In a Tuesday unrest in the northern Kyrgyz town of Talas, at least 15 police officers were missing, and 16 civilians and 85 policemen were injured, Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov said.

Source: Xinhua


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