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Kyrgyz security forces authorised to "shoot-to-kill"

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Kyrgyz security forces authorised to "shoot-to-kill"


Security forces in stan have been given shoot-to-kill powers in an attempt to stop ethnic fighting which has killed scores of people and wounded almost a thousand.

The country’s interim government has taken the action in the southern regions of Osh and Jalalabad where armed gangs have been attacking ethnic Uzbeks.

The poor Central Asian state has been in turmoil since the April revolt that toppled President Bakiyev. Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have fled across the border into neighbouring Uzbekistan.

The interim government in Bishkek says it has lost control of Osh, the second largest city. There are reports of gangs of Kergees burning down the homes and businesses of ethnic Uzbeks.

The new measures give security forces powers to use lethal force in areas where a state of emergency has been declared.

Russia has rejected an appeal for troops but says it will consult other countries on the possibility of sending peacekeepers. It has also offered humanitarian aid.

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