Now with Russian support, it’s looking like Kazakh authorities will intensify their crackdown.
Mayhem In Kazakhstan As 18 Police Reported Killed, Banks Offline, Shooting & Explosions Heard
Kazakhstan‘s state broadcaster has reported at least a dozen police killed among security forces, and an additional over 350 police injured, according to Khabar 24. Casualties among protesters and rioters are as yet unknown and unclear. Shooting and loud explosions were reported by eyewitnesses throughout the night in some major cities like Almaty, where the bulk of violent scenes have emerged.
And the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs said a total of 18 security personnel had been killed, and nearly 800 people wounded. The Associated Press, meanwhile, has cited state authorities to say that at least one police officer was found beheaded. Here’s more via Newsweek:
Citing the state-run outlet Khabar-24, the Insider’s live blog said the decapitated body of a police officer had been discovered. This was also reported by the Associated Press. Agence France Press reported that two officers had been beheaded.
The Insider reported on Thursday that at least 30 protesters had been killed in clashes with security officials in Republic Square.
Aftermath of the mayor’s office and city central government building in Almaty having been torched the prior day…
According to an update based on regional sources, “ATM machines are out of service across Kazakhstan amid the ongoing riots, the local online publication Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the country’s National Bank. They are out of service due to a lack of internet connection in many Kazakh regions, the report noted.”
Security officials in Kazakhstan admitted they’ve killed dozens of anti-government rioters in the large main city of Almaty, after alleging the protesters attempted to storm and take control of several police stations. Authorities have labeled the massive fuel protests which have brought the country to the brink of collapse as fueled by “terrorists” and manipulated by “outside interference”. Now with Russian support, it’s looking like Kazakh authorities will intensify their crackdown.