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50 Arrested after Riot in Kyrgyzstan Village

Officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have detained about 50 people after hundreds of looters tore through a Kurdish village to protest the rape of a four year-old Russian girl.

Officials said Monday the group is being held on charges of mass disorder.

The riots began Sunday after news spread that a Kurdish suspect in the rape was being held in the village of Petrovka.

Ethnic Russian and Kyrgyz protesters charged through the village, smashing windows and overturning cars belonging to ethnic Kurds.

Interior Minister spokesman Bakyt Seitov says the situation is under control.

Officials say such ethnic clashes are rare in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic where Turkic-speaking groups live along side Russians, Chinese and others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.