Russia sends paratroopers to guard its Kyrgyz base: report

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Three Russian military planes carrying a squadron of paratroopers landed Sunday at its airbase in Kyrgzystan, a source in the Russian military told the Interfax news agency.

"The task of the landing force is to strengthen the protection of Russian military installations and ensure the security of Russian troops and their family members," the source said.

Russia's Kant military base is located around 20 kilometres (14 miles) from the capital of the Central Asian state, where deadly ethnic violence raged for a third day Sunday in the country's south.

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