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Suspects Arrested In Kyrgyz Policeman's Death


Police are still searching for suspects involved in the ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan last month.

Police are still searching for suspects involved in the ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan last month.

BISHKEK -- Three ethnic Uzbek citizens of Kyrgyzstan have been detained on suspicion of killing a policeman near Jalal-Abad during the violent ethnic clashes last month, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Deputy Interior Minister Melis Turganbaev told RFE/RL the three -- who were arrested in Bishkek on July 14 -- are from the southern city of Jalal-Abad.

He said they were detained in Bishkek with tickets for a flight to Russia.

Turganbaev said the policeman's body was found during a search by investigators for five local residents who disappeared during the unrest between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

The ethnic clashes in Jalal-Abad in mid-June left at least 50 people dead and some 700 injured.
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