40 killed in Kyrgyzstan protests

Kyrgyz police officers huddle together for protection, as they are attacked by protestors in Bishkek. (AP)

Kyrgyzstan's Health Ministry says 40 people have died and more than 400 have been wounded in clashes with police trying to quell an anti-government uprising.

The main opposition leader in the former Soviet Central Asian nation Ata-Meken said earlier yesterday on national television that 100 protesters have been killed.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock at the loss of life in Kyrgyzstan and urged all sides to show restraint after dozens were killed in clashes, his spokesman said yesterday.


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