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Kyrgyz Security Forces Ill-Equipped to Stop Osh Interethnic Clashes

Clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern capital, flared for a second straight night on June 11. Government security forces appear undermanned and ill equipped to contain the violence, which has left at least 45 dead and hundreds injured.

Following the outbreak of clashes around midnight June 10-11, provisional government authorities declared a state of emergency. But witnesses say security forces lack the numbers and the equipment needed to restore order in and around Osh. Late on June 11, witnesses described ongoing gunfire and fires throughout the city. Armed mobs were roaming streets and barricades were being established, some witnesses reported. In a village near Osh, Furkat, homes were being set ablaze, the AKIpress news agency reported.

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Kyrgyz Security Forces Ill-Equipped to Stop Osh Interethnic Clashes

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