Kyrgyz interim leader visits volatile south, death toll 10 times higher

Published on english Xinhuanet, June 18, 2010.

BISHKEK, June 18 (Xinhua) — Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva arrived in the southern city of Osh Friday after a state of emergency was declared there following deadly ethnic clashes.

Authorities put the death toll from the riots at 191, but Otunbayeva said the real figure could be 10 times more than the official figure.

Earlier reports said at least 191 people died and 1,971 were wounded in the worst ethnic clashes to hit the impoverished Central Asian nation since the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

“I would multiply by 10 times the official figures,” Otunbayeva told the Russian daily Kommersant on Friday, saying there was likely to be many unrecorded deaths in the countryside … (full text).

Mora articles:

Kyrgyzstan: international investigation into violence needed, by Amnesty International, June 17, 2010;

Russian nationals evacuate from Kyrgyzstan, June 18, 2010;

China to closely watch situation in Kyrgyzstan, June 17, 2010;

Stranded Pakistanis airlifted from Kyrgyzstan, June 16, 2010.

And: La Chine et l’avenir géopolitique du Kirghizistan, 16 Juin 2010.

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