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'Order restored' in Kyrgyz city
Authorities claim to have regained control in Jalal'abad following riots.
Last Modified: 15 May 2010 15:09 GMT
The interim administration has accused Bakiyev
of being behind the unrest [EPA]

The interim administration in Kyrgyzstan is claiming to have restored order in the southern city of Jalalabad a day after violent protests left two people dead and more than 60 wounded.

Bektur Asanov, the regional governor, said that the authorities were firmly in control of the city following Friday's riots by supporters of Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the ousted president.

Asanov said on Saturday that the authorities had created a militia in order to prevent further unrest.

Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker, reporting from Jalalabad, said: "Jalalabad is quiet now and the interim government has belatedly brought in security forces to regain control of buildings seized by Kurmanbek supporters."

Bakiyev blamed

Gunfire broke out in Jalalabad on Friday, after angry protesters had seized government administration buildings and the city airport the previous day.

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Violence was also reported from the cities of Osh and Batken, where protesters took over several government buildings.

A crowd of protesters also torched a house belonging to Bakiyev's brother, the interim government's chief
of staff said on Saturday.

The house, in Teyyit village near Jalal'abad, was almost
completely destroyed by the fire.

Our correspondent in Kyrgyzstan said: "We were there earlier to have a look and the damage was complete wanton and clearly retribution for what happened.

"We don't know precisely who lit it but we do know that a community leader was there with his people and he didn't deny it very hard. This doesn't say a lot about the control the interim government claims to have."

Interim authorities said Bakiyev, who fled the country after an uprising last month, was behind the unrest and said its organisers also "wanted to ignite an inter-ethnic conflict in the country".

"Bakiyev is behind all this," Omurbek Tekebayev, the deputy chairman of the interim government, said on state television.

The south of Kyrgyzstan was the power base of Bakiyev, who has now taken refuge in Belarus.

He was unseated in April after anti-government protests sparked clashes with security forces leaving at least 86 people dead.

Bakiyev had himself come to power in a popular uprising, the so-called Tulip Revolution of 2005, but became increasingly unpopular amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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