‘Dozens eliminated’ after attempting to storm police stations in Kazakhstan – official

Central Asian state going through wave of anti-government protests provoked by gasoline value hike

Kazakhstani safety providers have claimed that they prevented makes an attempt to storm police buildings within the nation’s former capital, Almaty, on Wednesday night time, killing dozens of protesters concerned within the assaults.

Demonstrators tried to take over the pressure’s headquarters and a number of other stations throughout the town in a single day, police spokeswoman Altanat Avirbek stated on Thursday morning.

She indicated that these makes an attempt had been curbed, whereas “dozens of attackers were eliminated.”

“Their identities are being established now,” she added, with out revealing any extra particulars.

“Anti-terrorist operations” have been ongoing at three police buildings within the metropolis, in accordance with the spokeswoman, who urged residents in these areas to remain indoors.

During the night time, a number of hundred troops additionally surrounded Almaty’s essential sq. and engaged in a gunfight with a bunch of rioters. The safety perimeter has since been eliminated, and the troopers have left.

The navy had been deployed within the metropolis of two million individuals, the nation’s largest, after a day of violence on Wednesday, which noticed indignant mobs overrunning authorities buildings, together with the outdated presidential residence and the mayor’s workplace.

The airport had additionally fallen into the arms of protesters, but it surely was later retaken by safety forces, in accordance with studies. Shops, gun shops, banks, hospitals and different venues have been ransacked and looted.

Eight officers have been killed and 317 wounded within the unrest, the Interior Ministry stated late on Wednesday.

Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has blamed the violence on “international terrorist gangs,” and appealed to the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for assist in restoring order within the nation. The bloc stated CSTO peacekeepers will likely be deployed in Kazakhstan “for a limited period of time in order to stabilize and normalize the situation.” But particulars of the operation have but to be revealed.

The CSTO is a safety treaty between six former Soviet states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, It runs alongside comparable strains to the US-led NATO bloc. Azerbaijan was an authentic member of the group upon its basis in 1994, however withdrew in 1999. Kyrgyzstan got here near asking for the deployment of peacekeepers 2010, throughout clashes between the nation’s ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations, however on that event the alliance didn’t agree to offer navy help.

Protests throughout Kazakhstan, together with Almaty, capital Nur-Sultan, Aktobe and different cities, began after the New Year. They have been triggered by a two-fold hike in liquefied petroleum gasoline costs as the federal government stated it couldn’t afford to subsidize the extensively used low-cost gasoline anymore. The initially peaceable rallies shortly turned violent and obtained out of hand.

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