Clashes between protesters and security forces have left dozens killed in Kazakhstan’s biggest city, Almaty, as nationwide protests continue over fuel price hikes in the oil-rich Central Asian country.
Police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek said on Thursday that tens of rioters had been “eliminated” overnight in Kazakhstan’s financial capital as they tried to storm government buildings.
“Last night, extremist forces tried to assault administrative buildings, the Almaty city police department, as well as local police commissariats. Dozens of assailants were eliminated,” local media quoted him as saying.
Protesters also stormed the mayor’s office in the city, with videos on social media showing a plume of smoke rising from the building.
Almaty’s police chief, Kanat Taimerdenov, blamed the unrest on “extremists and radicals,” saying the protesters had assaulted 500 civilians and ransacked hundreds of businesses.
Meanwhile, there were reports of renewed clashes between riot police and hundreds of anti-government protesters who had…