A State of emergency declared in Osh, Kyrgyzstan after clashes between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbek groups in which 26 people have been killed.
The Kyrgyzstan government has declared a state of emergency in the Southern city of Osh, which is the second largest city in the country after clashes between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbek groups caused at least 26 deaths and over 400 wounded.
It is not yet known why the clashes started but one source has suggested that the clashes were planned and pre-meditated.
The clashes were reported to have started at 11pm on Thursday and though a curfew was issued in Osh, thousands of youths came out to the streets, with poles, sticks, guns, knives and bottles.
Azimbek Beknazarov, the country’s deputy interim leader who spoke to a local news agency about the clashes said on Friday Officers of militia and special divisions of the Ministry of Defence, patrolling the city streets, are finding bodies of killed people with gunshot wounds,”
“Everything began yesterday at about 11pm, and, unfortunately, despite the curfew established, at present skirmishing is going on in the city.”
The city of Osh has a large number of ethnic Uzbek’s and was one of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s strong holds before he was overthrown in April.
According to one source which NationalTurk spoke to, said that police were finding dead bodies and injured people on the streets.
The young men most of them armed also attacked shops and burnt cars. Local media have also said that the firefighters which were deployed were also attacked by the youths with stones.
The current government came to power after Mr Bakiyev was removed from power, but has faced problems with supporters of the former president.
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