Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, is the former president’s stronghold. The authorities sent troops into its streets but they are having a hard time restoring clam. This morning, hundreds of youths from different ethnic groups roamed the streets and fought with steel bars, setting shops and cars ablaze.
The caretaker government led by Roza Otunbayeva described the clashes as a "local conflict" possibly sparked by an argument in a casino. Eyewitnesses said that most casualties had gunshot wounds.
The Interior Ministry said five people have been detained and that the situation in Osh was "strained".
In this very poor former Soviet Republic, violence has been a regular occurrence since April, a situation that worries the powers with the greatest influence in the area, Russia, China and The United States.