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Uzbekistan Says Refugees Might Carry Out Attacks

25 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbekistan's chief prosecutor says alleged terrorists among Uzbek refugees evacuated from Kyrgyzstan might carry out attacks anywhere in the world.

Hundreds of Uzbeks fled into Kyrgyzstan following a May uprising and a government crackdown that one UN report described as a "mass killing."

The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) has evacuated more than 400 of them from Kyrgyzstan to Romania.

The office of Uzbekistan's chief prosecutor today said in a statement that among the evacuated refugees were those involved in shoot-outs with police and security forces.

The statement added that most of the arms allegedly seized by protesters had been recovered, but that 26 guns, 50 pistols, three machine guns, 106 grenades, and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were still missing.

The chief prosecutor's office also reiterated its call for the extradition of 15 Uzbek asylum seekers who are being held at a detention facility in Kyrgyzstan.


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