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Kyrgystan's state media reports arrest of deposed president's nephew

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- The nephew of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president has been arrested by authorities, according to reports from state media.

The government-owned 24.kg quoted a representative of the Ministry of Interior, who said that Sanjar Bakiev was taken into custody Friday.

Bakiev reportedly confessed that he helped organize the seizure of government institutions and helped instigate the violence that broke out in the southern city of Jalalabad on June 12.

Russia's RIA Novosti news agency said Bakiev was being held in Kyrgyz custody, but did not specify a location. The agency also said a search of his home turned up several firearms.

Bakiev is the nephew of the former president of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiev. The deposed leader fled to Belarus after his expulsion from office in April.

Violence in southern Kyrgyzstan between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz people has uprooted hundreds of thousands recently. UNICEF says 250 people have been confirmed dead and more than 2,000 have been wounded.

 
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