Kazakhstan: Dozens of protesters killed, security forces decapitated as Russia-led troops

Troops in the main square in Almaty – a flashpoint in the clashes

Kazakhstan authorities say hundreds of police have been injured and 18 security forces personnel killed – as a Russia-led military alliance heads to the country.

Dozens of protesters have been killed in Kazakhstan, as fresh violence broke out in its biggest city and Russian peacekeeping troops headed to the former Soviet republic.

A police spokeswoman told state news channel Khabar-24 that “dozens of attackers were liquidated” overnight into Thursday in Almaty.

Two members of the security forces were decapitated and are among at least 18 who have died, authorities said.

More than 350 police have also been injured, Khabar-24 reported.

The interior ministry said more than 2,000 people have so far been arrested.

Unrest morphed after price cap on gas removed

The protests began in the oil-producing western province of Mangistau on Sunday after a cap on liquified petroleum gas – which many people use to power their cars – was removed, causing prices to double.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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