Interior minister killed in Kyrgyzstan uprising

Opposition followers killed Kyrgyzstan's interior minister, took the deputy prime minister hostage and captured state television in a deadly revolt Wednesday against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades in repeated efforts to disperse thousands of protestors surrounding Bakiyev's offices in the capital Bishkek, but retreated as demonstrators tried to ram the gates with an armoured vehicle. A police source said that at least 12 people had been killed while a foreign news agency reporters saw six bodies being carried out of the square near the presidential headquarters in Bishkek. In a desperate bid to contain the unrest, Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov declared a state of emergency.

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