Ethnic Violence Erupts In Kyrgyzstan

Sporadic gunfire has continued through the night in southern Kyrgyzstan as the Central Asian nation's worst ethnic violence in decades shows no signs of abating.

Conservative government estimates put the death toll at more than 115 with 1,500 wounded in clashes pitting ethnic Kyrgyz against ethnic Uzbeks in the former Soviet country which hosts U.S. and Russian military bases.

Rioters have slaughtered Uzbeks and burned their homes, sending more than 75,000 members of the ethnic minority fleeing the country in attacks that appeared aimed at undermining the new interim government.

New fires raged Monday across Osh, the second-largest city, where food and water were becoming scarce.

In another city beset by the violence, Jalal-Abad, armed Kyrgyz were amassing on the central square.


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