Kazakhstan Violence: 164 killed and 2200 injured
So far 164 people, including 18 security personnel, have been killed in violence in Kazakhstan since the beginning of this month. 103 people have been killed in Almaty, the country’s largest city, which has been worst affected by the violence. A four-year-old girl was also among those killed.
5800 people involved in the violence have been arrested. Russian and Allied troops have been deployed to guard all major sites in the country.
At the invitation of President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev, 2500 soldiers of the Russian-led coalition have arrived in Kazakhstan. 2200 people have been injured in violent incidents, 1300 security personnel have also been victims of violence.
The sound of firing was heard in one area of Almaty but there was peace in the rest of the city. Services at Almaty International Airport, which remained closed during the violence, were expected to resume from Monday.
Meanwhile, the government has asked all the officers and employees to reach their offices and take charge. During the violence, many government offices were occupied by miscreants.
Some government buildings were also set on fire. The agitation against the hike in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas started on January 2 in the western part of the country.
But soon it turned into a violent anti-government movement. Meanwhile, slogans were also raised against former President Nur Sultan Nazarbayev.
President Tokayev has blamed foreign-trained terrorists for the violence. President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev’s office says the situation is under control.
The authorities have regained control of the administrative buildings. These buildings were taken over by the protesters and some of them were set on fire.