In Kyrgyzstan 300 troops have been deployed in a bid to stamp out ethnic violence. The latest clashes have claimed the lives of five villagers on the outskirts of the capital, Bishek.
Looters have raised the stakes on a day the interim government started talking tough following a meeting to secure the support of Kazakhstan.
Kyrgyzstan’s border with her powerful neighbour has been closed since the country’s government was toppled and is now set to re-open.
Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister, Karim Massimov hosted a meeting with the Kyrgyzstan interim deputy premier who fired out a chilling warning.
“We will not use weapons against peaceful residents – enough blood has already been spilled. But I am ready to use napalm against bandits as long as peaceful citizens are not injured,” Kyrgyzstan Interim Deputy Premier, Almaz Atambayev.
And outside the parliament building activists gathered to appeal to the interim government to restore order. Demonstraters had organised a resistance movement against the looters and were set to patrol the capital Bishkek in a bid to stamp out any lawlessness on the streets.