Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kyrgyzstan in Violance

The UN said yesterday there was strong evidence the ethnic violence that gripped southern Kyrgyzstan since last week, forcing tens of thousands of Uzbeks to flee, was orchestrated and planned in advance.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner of human rights, said the riots, which began in the southern city of Osh, were provoked by shadowy outside groups. The official death toll was last night put at 174 with 1,800 injured. But aid agencies said the actual figure was much higher.

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