Ousted Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev is reported to have fled the country on a plane bound for Kazakhstan.
The news came after the Kyrgys interim government accused Bakiyev of inciting violence.
His bodyguards fired warning shots to ward-off attackers at a rally in the country’s second city Osh. Bakiyev had gone there intending to drum 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 provisional government.
Bakiyev was quickly driven away after his security team fired automatic weapons over the heads of the approaching protesters.
The country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Temir Sariyev said Bakiyev was deliberately provoking clashes: “There will be no civil war in Osh region. Both the city mayor and the regional governor have recognised the new administration and were appointed by the new ministerial team.”
Once Bakiyev had been taken to safety, a group of his supporters tried unsuccessfully to storm a television station in Osh in an attempt to provide the deposed president with a media platform.
One of his backers, Gulbahar Salieva said: “We have only one goal, to get Bakir live on TV. This is all we want. We don’t want anything else.”
The interim government has said it wants Bakiyev to face trial for the deaths of 84 protesters gunned down by riot police in the April 7 uprising which toppled Bakiyev’s government.