12 Killed And Dozens Injured As Kyrgyzstan Declares State Of Emergency

Twelve people were killed when violence erupted in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city Osh today, prompting the interim government to declare a state of emergency and send in armoured vehicles. Hundreds of youths fought with steel bars and set shops and cars ablaze during riots. At least 126 people were reported injured, some with gunshot wounds, according to the Health Ministry. But hospital sources said more than 500 people had been treated for knife wounds. 'More than 500 people have arrived in hospital overnight with knife wounds,' a doctor at a hospital in Osh told reporters on condition of anonymity. Interim authorities swiftly declared a state of emergency and dispatched armored vehicles and troops to the city in a bid to pacify the situation. Kyrgyzstan has been enjoying an uneasy calm since a mass revolt in April led to the overthrow of then-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.