Kazakhstan: 13 security guards killed in rioting
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NUR-SULTAN (dpa-AFX) – According to official reports, 13 security forces were killed in the city of Almaty during the protests in Central Asian Kazakhstan. Two bodies were found beheaded, the Kazakh media reported on Thursday, citing state television. There was still no clear official information on possible civilian deaths.
On Wednesday, the authorities spoke of 8 dead police officers and soldiers. More than 1,000 people were injured nationwide in the riots. 400 people were brought to hospitals, 62 were in intensive care units. The Kazakh police said they had “eliminated dozens of attackers” in night clashes between protesters and the military in Almaty, which could mean deaths. Reports are difficult to independently review.
The authoritarian-led Kazakhstan has been experiencing unprecedented protests for days. The trigger for the unrest that broke out over the weekend was displeasure at the significantly higher fuel prices at petrol stations in the oil and gas-rich ex-Soviet republic with more than 18 million inhabitants. In response to the protests, some of which were violent, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismissed the government./haw/DP/ngu
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