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Suspected Snipers Detained In Kyrgyzstan

An injured opposition supporter is carried away during clashes in Bishkek on April 7.
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities have detained 15 people suspected of being snipers who opened fire at antigovernment demonstrators in Bishkek on April 7, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The deputy chairman of Kyrgyzstan's interim government, Azimbek Beknazarov, told journalists today that the names of the persons who gave the command to open fire are known. He did not identify them.

The April 7 clashes between antigovernment protesters and police and security forces left more than 80 people dead and hundreds wounded. President Kurmanbek Bakiev was forced to resign and left the country.

Beknazarov said that investigations have been completed in 80 percent of the criminal cases launched against Bakiev and members of his family. Bakiev, his former associates and some of his relatives have been formally charged with abuse of power, corruption, mass murder, and embezzlement.

According to Beknazarov, one of Kyrgyzstan's major banks, the AziaUniversalBank that used to be controlled by Bakiev's son, Maksim, will be nationalized in the near future.