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

06-18-2010 13:27 BJT Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |

BISHKEK, June 18 (Xinhua) -- The Kyrgyz interim government leader Roza Otunbayeva arrived in the southern city of Osh on Friday after recent ethnic clashes there put the country in emergency.

Authorities put the death toll from the riots at 191, but Otunbayeva revealed that the real figure could probably 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 state since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

"I would multiply by ten times the official figures," Otunbayeva said on Friday, citing many unnoticed deaths in the countryside.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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