Dozens dead in unrest in Kazakhstan, police say

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MOSCOW (AP) – A police official in Kazakhstan’s largest city said Thursday dozens of people were killed in attacks on government buildings.

There have been attempts to storm buildings in Almaty overnight and “dozens of attackers have been liquidated,” police spokeswoman Saltanat Azirbek said on Thursday. town on Wednesday, including the seizure of the town hall building, which was set on fire.

Kazakhstan is experiencing the worst street protests the country has seen since gaining independence three decades ago. Government buildings were set on fire and at least eight law enforcement officers were also killed.

A Russian-led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, announced Thursday morning that it would send peacekeeping troops to Kazakhstan at the behest of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Kazakhstan has been shaken by the intensification of protests that began on Sunday against a sharp increase in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas. The protests started in the west of the country but spread to Almaty and the capital Nur-Sultan.

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