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Details Emerging of Mass Killings in Uzbekistan


Protesters have again gathered in the the central square of the city of Andijon, in eastern Uzbekistan a day after soldiers fired on crowds killing large numbers of people.

Residents and members of Uzbek human-rights groups say troops gathered up the evidence of the carnage overnight, filling four trucks and a bus with bodies. Witness accounts indicate 200 or more people dead.

Reporters saw pools of blood, bits of flesh and piles of spent cartridges on the ground. Authorities later briefly detained the journalists then ordered them out of the city.

President Islam Karimov blamed islamic militants for the violence saying 10 government troops and "many more" protesters were killed.

Thousands of Uzbeks fled Andijon toward Kyrgyzstan after the shootings, but Kyrgyz authorities closed the frontier. Kyrgyz officials say about 500 people managed to get across and some are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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