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Interim Kyrgyz govt tries to assert control

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Supporters of Kyrgyzstan’s interim government are reported to have retaken control of a key state building in the southern city of Osh.

The government is vowing to track down and punish the organisers of what it is calling a coup attempt by backers of outsed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Authorities say the pro-Bakiyev protesters took control of government buildings in three southern regions. It is also reported the governor of the Jalalabad region was detained.

Bakiyev fled the country a month ago after a violent uprising against his government left dozens of people dead.

The interim government says it wants to extradite Bakiyev from the former Soviet state of Belarus and put him on trial for corruption.

They also accuse him of allowing soldiers to open fire on protesters before he was ousted.