Bodies still unknown from Kyrgyz violence

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, June 6 (UPI) -- Seven more victims of ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan were identified roughly one year after the conflict began, health officials said.

A Kyrgyz investigation, looking into ethnic violence that gripped parts of southern Kyrgyzstan after an April 2010 coup led President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the country, blamed Uzbek leaders and Bakiyev backers for the conflict.


At least 400 people were killed during June 2010 violence between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in the southern regions of Osh and Jalal Abad.

Deputy Health Minister Kasymbek Mambetov said seven victims of the ethnic clashes were identified by Chinese forensic experts, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

The country lacks the infrastructure to conduct DNA testing. Russian doctors helped with the identity of 12 other victims. There are 33 unidentified remains and 23 people listed as missing from the June 2010 conflict.

An internal investigation into the unrest said it was wrong to lay the blame squarely at the feet of any of the parties to the conflict. It discounted claims of war crimes but said crimes against humanity were committed during the ethnic strife.

Several current Kyrgyz officials apologized to the public for not taking appropriate action during the unrest.


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