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Five people were killed and at least 30 injured overnight in violent riots in the Kyrgyz village of Mayevka, outside of country's capital Bishkek, a Kyrgyz Health Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
A new wave of unrest engulfed Bishkek's northern suburbs on Monday morning, when some 2,000 people armed with sticks set several cars on fire and threw rocks at houses in nearby villages.
The village of Mayevka, to the north of Bishkek, bore the brunt of the violence, with rioters burning buildings, throwing rocks at villagers' houses and pillaging private property.
Yelena Bayalinova said two of the five people died of gunshot wounds and two were discovered dead by firefighters inside houses burned down during the night.
"In all, according to preliminary information, 28 people turned for medical assistance, with nine of them remaining hospitalized," she added.
On Monday morning, the rioters tried to seize some 700 hectares of land outside the capital, saying it was theirs to build houses on, but landowners drove them away. The rioters then moved toward the capital, but were stopped by police. They subsequently continued with riots in the suburban villages of Bishkek.
Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the interim government, said on late Monday evening that the situation in the village was under control, and police forces had detained about 40 initiators of the riots.
But, according to the Interior Ministry, over 100 rioters were detained, while 10 policemen were injured in the clashes.
BISHKEK, April 20 (RIA Novosti)
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