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Kyrgyzstan's interim government issues warning

By Rayhan Demytrie
BBC News, Jalalabad

People fight during a rally in the Kyrgyz city of Jalalabad (14 May)
The violence was the worst since Mr Bakiyev was deposed last month

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has promised to bring to justice those responsible for Friday's deadly clashes in the southern city of Jalalabad.

At least two people were killed and 60 injured in fighting between supporters of the interim authorities and backers of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Deputy leader Azimbek Beknazarov said that allies of Mr Bakiyev would be closely monitored.

The violence was the worst since Mr Bakiyev was deposed last month.

Escorted by a dozen armed body guards, Mr Beknazarov arrived in Jalalabad's central square.

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He addressed a group of people who had gathered in front of the regional government headquarters - the scene of fierce fighting on Friday between supporters and opponents of the interim authorities.

Mr Beknazarov said that the interim government was keeping a close eye on the main allies of the ousted president.

He also said that many people were now armed and as many as 2,000 weapons were in circulation.

In Friday's clashes, supporters of the interim government regained control of the government headquarters, which had been seized by their opponents a day earlier.

They later marched towards the home village of the ousted president and set fire to the deserted homes of some of his relatives.

It is not clear where Mr Bakiyev's supporters are now.

A representative from the committee to protect Kurmanbek Bakiyev told the BBC that they wanted the interim authorities to stop the persecution of the deposed leader's relatives and allies.



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