Tashkent - Uzbekistan's prosecutor general, Rashid Kadyrov, announced on Tuesday that 169 people died during violence in the eastern city of Andijan over the weekend - a far higher figure than previously acknowledged by the government.

Kadyrov told journalists that the dead included three women, two children and 32 members of the security forces.

Earlier, President Islam Karimov had said that as few as 30 people died.

However, Kadyrov denied reports from human rights activists in Andijan that hundreds of people died in the security crackdown, which followed a raid by gunmen on the city's prison.

"The statement that 500 people were murdered is intentional disinformation of the international community," Kadyrov said. - Sapa-AFP