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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Demonstrators Killed in Kyrgyzstan Clashes

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Police opened fire at demonstrators in a fresh outbreak of violence in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, killing one person and injuring 18 others, police said Tuesday.

The new rioting in the south of the ex-Soviet state bordering China brought to five the death toll in two days of clashes.

Violence erupted in the southern Dzhalal Abad region Sunday, when 2,000 protesters demanded the release of opposition parliamentary deputy Azimbek Beknazarov.

Beknazarov is accused of abuses as an investigator in a district prosecutor's office.

Four protesters were killed and 61 people, including 47 police, were injured in clashes described by President Askar Akayev as a deliberate opposition campaign to destabilize the country.

A police spokesman said the latest unrest erupted late Monday in the village of Kerben, where police opened fire at 1,500 protesters who were throwing stones at a police station.

He said 19 people, including 13 police, were injured. One protester later died in hospital.

Interior Minister Temirbek Akmataliyev, who described the protests as an opposition coup attempt, told a news briefing in the capital Bishkek that a court had freed Beknazarov but ordered him not to leave the country.