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Kyrgyz Officials Escape Attack In Bishkek

Around 100 young people gathered in Bishkek urging passers-by to travel to Osh with them.
BISHKEK -- Two senior Kyrgyz officials were attacked by a crowd of young Kyrgyz in Bishkek today, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Interim government Deputy Chairman Temir Sariev and Deputy Interior Minister Kubanychbek Kadyrov were trying to persuade a group of young people not to travel to the southern city of Osh, where at least 37 people were killed in clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek youths.

Several of the group's members then tried to assault the two men.

An RFE/RL correspondent who was at the scene reports that security guards and police managed to protect the two officials and helped them to escape into the parliament building.

The group of young Kyrgyz men was demanding that the interim government provide them with a bus to travel to Osh.

RFE/RL correspondents report that young Kyrgyz from different parts of the country are trying to reach Osh, while the interim government is trying to prevent what leader Roza Otunbaeva called "the flow of people" from reaching the city.