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Bakiyev's bodyguards fire warning shots at rally

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Bakiyev's bodyguards fire warning shots at rally

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Shots have been fired at a rally held by ousted Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Bakiyev arrived in Osh, Kyrgystan’s second city intent on drumming up support for his reinstatement.

The gunfire started as a crowd of about 1,000 opponents broke away from a nearby rally in support of the interim government.

Bodyguards bundled Bakiyev into a waiting Jeep and beat a hasty retreat after warning off would-be attackers by firing into the air.

On the outskirts of the city witnesses say bus loads of Bakiyev’s supporters were forced to turn back by angry interim government supporters.

Bakiyev was forced to flee the capital Bishkek last week during an uprising in which his troops opened fire on protesters.

The new government- which has been recognised by Russia and America – wants to put Bakiyev on trial over the deaths of 84 people killed in the clashes.