Kazakhstan unrest: 3 cops beheaded amid chaos as bodies of protesters …

Three cops were beheaded by a mob and dozens of protesters were said today to have been slaughtered as Kazakhstan descended into chaos.

The nation has seen clashes over fuel prices today spill over into bloodshed, looting and political violence, according to local reports.

at the minimum 13 police were killed as riots erupted after the government lifted its price cap on petrol. A further 353 law enforcement officers were wounded today in Almaty.

Shocking footage from today appears to show the bodies of dozens of protesters killed in the bloody unrest lined up under white sheets.

The government has branded the riots as a “terrorist character” as they reacted to the decapitations.

Footage reportedly shows the bodies of protesters under white sheets
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The bodies are filling up the Almaty morgue
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The corpses in a mortuary in Almaty indicate the extent of the carnage in the ex-Soviet republic where the violence is continuing unabated.

Police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek admitted the slaughter of “dozens” of protesters.

She said: “Extremist forces attempted to storm the administrative buildings, the police department of the city of Almaty in addition as district directorates and police departments.

“Dozens of attackers were deleted, their identities are being established.”

Protesters gathered at one of the Almaty hospitals after at the minimum 400 people were admitted following riots
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These images were captured by Nurlan Mailinov, who has reportedly gone missing
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Authorities have portrayed the protesters as “terrorists” as intense shooting in Almaty continues.

Reports from the scene said: “Troops arrived at the square, and started the mop-up of trouble-makers. The intensive firing is underway.

“In relation to this, we are urging residents and the city’s guests to refrain from leaving houses for the sake of their own safety,” she additional.

at the minimum one gun shop was also looted and weapons were stolen, reports say.

Protests erupts on Sunday after the government lifted its price cap on fuel
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The mortuary video shows dozens of bodies but it is unclear where or exactly when they were slain.

They are civilians and many are young and covered in white sheets.

A commentary on the macabre footage says: “The corpses, the bodies of the protesters.

“Different ages, young people. These are all protesters – adult, young. Very young.”

The authorities – struggling to keep control of the energy-high country amid the unheard of protests – have not given a death toll for demonstrators, while stressing that a number of police have died.

Looting has taken place across Almaty – one of the major cities in the country
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Gun shots and supermarkets have been looted in the country
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More than 1,000 were injured in the violence, according to TV reports.

at the minimum 400 people were hospitalised, and 62 people are in intensive care – before today’s shootings.

A spokesman for Magnum, the largest Kazakh hypermarket and supermarket chain, Dmitry Shishkin, said that by 4am some seven outlets were completely looted.

Another seven were slightly looted.

Three cops were beheaded during the protests, according to reports
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Videos show the mass looting, which included edges and thefts from cash machines.

Looters already used a tractor to smash into one bank branch.

A mob also took over weapons store Korgan, making away with guns and ammunition.

The country’s largest airport in Almaty was overrun by a mob that also seized five planes and looted the terminal.

Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty
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Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – who has fired his Cabinet and security officials in a bid to keep in charge – told Khabar-24 TV channel: “Terrorist gangs are seizing large infrastructural facilities.

“In particular, in Almaty they have seized the airport, five planes, including foreign planes.

“Almaty has been placed under an assault, destruction and vandalism.

“Almaty residents have fallen victim to the attack by terrorists and bandits.”

This image shows a damaged room inside the mayor’s office building after it was stormed by demonstrators
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The country has seen pent up resentment over low wages and poverty and the enrichment of a thin elite controlling the government and Kazakhstan’s oil and gas reserves.

Last night a statue of former autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev was toppled by an angry mob.

Nazarbayev, 81, yesterday gave up his final role in overall charge of security.

Rumours suggest he may have fled to China or Russia.

This grab from a video shows a burning administration building in Almaty
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Looting and unrest continues in Almaty
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One report said Russia had ten Il-76s and three An-124s involved in a enormous military operation to quell the disturbances.

Some planes with Russian forces are already in Kazakhstan, where one in five of the population are ethnic Russian.

Troops from Russia have been deployed and more sustain from ex-Soviet states is coming in to curb the violence and restore the president’s authority.

Debris litters the floor of the mayor’s office building after it was stormed by demonstrators
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emotional video shows protesters outside a hospital forming a “human protect” over allegedly angry that wounded police were getting priority over demonstrators.

They demanded “no treatment for cops”.

The offices of five TV channels were looted in Almaty – including MIR, Kazakhstan, Khabar, Eurasia, and KTK.

It has also been reported that a student has gone missing after posting footage of the riots.

A burnt car is seen by the mayor’s office on fire in Kazakhstan
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Nurlan Mailinov, who is in his 20s, shared videos of a fire at the mayor’s office, burning cars, and smashed, looted cafes.

He told how in the seized office protesters broke open a safe with millions of Kazakh money tenge inside.

Holding banknotes, he said: “They gave out 2,000 tenge (£3.40) to each person.

“We are in our local parliament- and they are giving away money.”

Security forces have been deployed
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His posts suddenly stopped amid the battles with authorities.

Protests erupted on Sunday when the government lifted its price cap on fuel, but the unrest has also escalated to include political grievances, BBC reports.

Demonstrators line up
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Kazakh law enforcement officers are seen on a barricade
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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has since condemned acts of violence in Kazakhstan, adding that London was consulting with allies over next steps.

She told parliament: “We condemn the acts of violence and destruction of character in Almaty and we will be coordinating further with our allies on what further steps we should take.”

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