Residents of Bishkek survey the debris after protesters ransacked the government building following violent protests in the Kyrgyzstan capital.
The country’s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was forced to flee the chaos while opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva has formed an interim government in an attempt to stabilise the situation.
In a statement she said:
“ Both the National Security Service and the Interior Ministry-all of them are already under the management of new people. We had to take control here because the question of security is of top priority.”
Overnight hoards of protesters ran riot leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, shops are mostly empty following widespread looting.
Political unrest has been simmering in the impoverished Central Asian state since early March with poverty, inflation and corruption at the core of the complaints.
Meanwhile the United States has suspended flights supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan from the Manas air base in Kyrgystan as a result of the political instability.
President Bakiyev is currently holed up in the southern city of Osh, his traditional power base, in country riven by clan rivalries.