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Kyrgyz Officials Investigate Security Forces' 'Illegal Behavior'

Police officers search detained ethnic Uzbeks in the village of Nariman on June 21
OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- The Kyrgyz authorities have launched an investigation into reported cases of beatings and robberies of Osh residents by security forces, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Osh Oblast Deputy Commandant Zamirbek Moldoshev told RFE/RL that during the disarming of some ethnic Uzbek groups in Osh and while removing street barricades some security troops behaved rudely, beat people, and robbed them of valuables in some cases. He said the Osh Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into the cases.

Kyrgyz security forces and police conducted operations in several Osh districts on June 22 and June 21 after several days of violent clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. Two people died in one of the raids on June 21.

Local citizens -- mainly ethnic Uzbeks -- have complained that they were beaten and robbed by Kyrgyz police and security troops during the operations.

At least 208 people were killed and thousands injured in the violence in Osh and Jalal-Abad.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mainly ethnic Uzbeks, have fled their homes in the wake of the conflict. As many as 100,000 -- mostly women and children -- fled to Uzbekistan.