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Massive Mosque Opens In Osh On Anniversary Of Clashes

By RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service
OSH, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan's largest mosque has formally opened in the southern city of Osh on the second anniversary of ethnic clashes in the country that killed more than 400 people and left tens of thousands displaced.

Several days of violence between local Uzbeks and Kyrgyz was sparked in Osh on June 10, 2010.

President Almazbek Atambaev told a crowd at the opening ceremony that Islam is "a religion of unity" and that every citizen of Kyrgyzstan should remember they are part of "a single nation."

The mosque has a maximum capacity of 20,000 people.

It was built using money raised by local citizens, as well as with financial support from the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

With reporting by Interfax
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by: Jack from: US
June 11, 2012 15:24
that's the key: money from Saudi Arabia. That is excessively freedom-loving country spending billions throughout the world to set up Wahhabi Sunni mosques where they preach "religion of peace", all with support and approval by US government, and personally by Hillary and John McCain who are the best friends of Saudi Arabia

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