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    The number of deaths resulting from the unrest in Kyrgyzstan has reached 81

    The number of deaths resulting from the unrest in Kyrgyzstan has reached 81, the provisional Health Ministry press secretary said on Sunday.

    "Overnight two more people died of bullet wounds in Kyrgyz hospitals," Elena Bayalinova said.

    Protests began in the northwestern Kyrgyz town of Talas on Tuesday and spread to other regions of the country including the capital, Bishkek, on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 1,500 people were injured in the unrest.

    Mourning processions are currently being held in downtown Bishkek. The interim government has taken upon itself to cover burial expenses of those killed during the protests.

    President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has said he will not resign. Experts say that if he keeps a hold on the south of the country, where he traditionally has the most support, a civil war between the north and the south could be a possibility.

     

    BISHKEK, April 11 (RIA Novosti)

     

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