Kyrgyzstan/Civil unrest: at least 5 killed, 30 injured in violent riots

Fresh waves of violent riots flared up on Monday in the Kyrgyz villages of Mayevka and Nizhniaya Alansha, north of the capital city of Bishkek, killing at least 5 people and injuring about 30 others. Reportedly, 3 of killed people died of gunshot wounds, while 2 were found death inside a house burned down by the rioters.

Earlier yesterday, the rioters – armed with truncheons and metal rods – attempted to seize some 700 hectares of housing land, but landowners drove them away. They then took their riots to the streets in the capital where they were met with police resistance. Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the interim government, later declared that the situation in the villages were under control. It has been reported that 10 police officers were injured in the incident and about 100 protesters have been detained.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday media reported about new clashes between rioters and the police in Mayevka village and in the centre of Bishkek. Reportedly, local citizens are trying to profit the situation of political chaos in the country and seize land plots and other property.