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.