24 injured in Kyrgyzstan unrest
At least 24 persons were wounded in fresh clashes in the south of the troubled Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, the news agency Akipress reported Friday.
The injuries occurred when supporters of deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev fired shots at backers of the five-week old interim government in the city of Jalal-Abad, DPA reported.
The new leadership sent special police forces to the city, but they were unable to evict Bakiyev supporters from government buildings they are occupying, the news agency said.
Earlier, supporters of the interim government regained control of the governor's office in the city of Osh, a day after it was occupied by backers of the ousted president.
Analysts described the situation as fluid. Osh and its surrounding regions in the conservative-Islamic south are where Bakiyev initially fled after protesters rallied to remove him from power in April.
Defence Minister Ismail Izakov was sent by the acting government to Osh, where he met leaders of social and political groups.
Hundreds of demonstrators regularly rally in the region for Bakiyev's return to power. He has taken asylum in Belarus, from where Kyrgyzstan's interim government has unsuccessfully tried to have him returned since his departure.