Dozens killed as Kyrgyz authorities work to end unrest
“Kyrgyzstan’s interim government on Saturday worked to quell an upsurge of ethnic violence that killed dozens people and injured more than 500 others.
The government said it declared one state of emergency in Osh, where fierce fighting between ethnic Uzbek and Kyrgyz youths broke out Thursday night and led to mass rioting. Another state of emergency was imposed in the city of Jalal-Abad in order to keep the unrest from spreading there, it said.
A Kyrgyz news agency, citing health ministry officials, reported 77 dead in the latest unrest — 71 killed in Osh and 6 in Jalal-Abad. Uzbekistan has decided to close its border with Kyrgyzstan amid the ethnic unrest, said the deputy chairman of the Kyrgyz border service, the 24.kg news agency reported.
Extra army and police units had been dispatched and a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew has been imposed in several districts of southern Kyrgyzstan until June 20, the government said.”