Uzbek soldier guards hospital as local residents wait for news about their relatives in Andizhan.
An Uzbek soldier guards a hospital as local residents wait for news about their relatives in Andizhan, May 18, 2005. Uzbekistan's government on Wednesday took foreign diplomats to the town where witnesses said troops shot dead hundreds of people but did not show them the actual site of the massacre. Authorities have blamed the killings in the eastern town of Andizhan on Muslim rebels, but witnesses said some 500 people, including women and children, were gunned down by security forces who opened fire on protesters last Friday. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev