Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency in southern city

08:22, May 20, 2010      

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Kyrgyzstan's interim government on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the troubled southern city of Jalalabad in an attempt to curb violent local clashes.

A curfew was to be imposed every night during the special period lasting until June 1, according to a statement from the interim government, which said the measure was aimed to ensure the security of citizens and an early return to public order.

The move came on the heels of fresh clashes between supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and security forces loyal to the newly established interim government. The most recent violence left two people dead and dozens of others injured.

The Central Asian country plunged into unrest when a revolt in early April resulted in Bakiyev's ouster. Ensuing violence has claimed around 100 lives and left over 1,500 injured.

Source: Xinhua


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