Kidnappers killed in gun battle

AT LEAST 10 gunmen died in a battle to free seven hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan yesterday. The fate of the hostages is unclear. The gunmen are suspected to be Islamic militants from neighbouring Tajikistan.

Islamic unrest is one of the subjects for a summit on regi-onal security underway in Kyrgyzstan. President Boris Yeltsin of Russia and the Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, are among leaders attending. (Reuters)