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Kyrgystan: At least 1 killed, 40 injured in clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK, (Xinhua): At least one person was killed and 40 injured in a gunshooting during the clashes between the interim government supporters and backers of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Friday in southern Kyrgyzstan, the country's Health Ministry said.

According to a spokesman for the ministry, one person died of a severe gunshot wound.

Kyrgyzstan's south is the power base for Bakiyev, who was ousted April 7 amid clashes in the capital between government forces and protesters that left at least 85 people dead.

The clashes came after hundreds of supporters of Bakiyev, who has been forced into exile in Belarus, seized government buildings in the southern cities of Osh, Batken and Jalalabad Thursday.
Editor: Lu Hui

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