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

Three police officers were beheaded by a mob and dozens of protesters reportedly slaughtered today as Kazakhstan fell into chaos.

According to local reports, the nation has seen clashes over fuel prices today turn into bloodshed, looting and political violence.

At least 13 police officers were killed in rioting after the government lifted gasoline price caps. Another 353 police officers were wounded in Almaty today.

Today’s shocking footage appears to show the bodies of dozens of protesters killed in the bloody riot, lined up under white sheets.

The government branded the rioting “terrorist character” in responding to the beheadings.

Footage allegedly shows the bodies of protesters beneath white sheets
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The bodies fill the Almaty morgue
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The bodies in a morgue in Almaty show the extent of the slaughter in the former Soviet republic, where the violence continues unabated.

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

She said: “Extremist forces tried to storm the administration buildings, the Almaty City Police Department, as well as the district offices and police stations.

“Dozens of attackers have been eliminated, their identities are being established.”

Protesters gathered in one of the Almaty hospitals after at least 400 people were admitted to civil unrest
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These pictures were taken by Nurlan Mailinov, who allegedly disappeared
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Authorities have portrayed the protesters as “terrorists” as violent shootings continue in Almaty.

Reports from the crime scene said: “Troops have arrived on the square and have started cleaning up the troublemakers. There is intense shooting.

“In this context, we urge residents and guests of the city not to leave their homes for their own safety,” she added.

At least one gun shop was also reportedly looted and guns stolen.

Protests broke out on Sunday after the government lifted its fuel price cap
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The inquest video shows dozens of bodies, but it’s unclear exactly where or when they were killed.

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

A comment on the macabre footage says: “The corpses, the corpses of the demonstrators.

“Different age groups, young people. They are all demonstrators – grown up, young. Very young.”

The authorities, fighting to maintain control of the energy-rich country despite the unprecedented protests, have not cited any fatalities for protesters, but emphasize that a number of police officers have died.

Almaty – one of the largest cities in the country – was looted
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Gunfire and supermarkets were looted in the country
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More than 1,000 were injured in the violence, according to TV reports.

At least 400 people were hospitalized, 62 people are in the intensive care unit – before today’s shootings.

A spokesman for Magnum, Kazakhstan’s largest hypermarket and supermarket chain, Dmitry Shishkin, said that seven stores had been completely looted by 4 a.m.

Another seven were partially looted.

Three police officers were reportedly beheaded during the protests
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Videos show the mass looting, including banks and thefts from ATMs.

Looters even used a tractor to break into a bank branch.

A mob also took over the Korgan gun shop and made it with guns and ammunition.

The country’s largest airport in Almaty was overrun by a mob, which also confiscated five aircraft and ransacked the terminal.

Protesters take part in a rally over an increase in energy prices in Almaty
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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – who fired his cabinet and security officials in order to keep the lead – told TV station Khabar-24: “Terrorist gangs are seizing large infrastructure facilities.

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

“Almaty has been subjected to attack, destruction and vandalism.

“The residents of Almaty fell victim to the attack by terrorists and bandits.”

This picture shows a damaged room in the mayor’s office building after it was stormed by protesters
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The country has seen pent-up resentment over low wages and poverty, as well as the enrichment of a narrow elite who control the government and Kazakhstan’s oil and gas reserves.

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

Nazarbayev, 81, yesterday gave up his last role as overall security officer.

Rumor has it that he fled to China or Russia.

This video shot shows a burning administration building in Almaty
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Looting and riots in Almaty continue
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One report said Russia engaged ten Il-76s and three An-124s in a massive military operation aimed at suppressing the unrest.

Some planes with Russian forces are already in Kazakhstan, where one in five residents is of Russian descent.

Troops have been deployed from Russia and more support is coming from former Soviet states to curb violence and restore the president’s authority.

Debris lays on the floor of the mayor’s office building after it was stormed by protesters
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The dramatic video shows protesters in front of a hospital forming a “human shield” because they are allegedly angry that wounded police officers have priority over protesters.

They called for “no treatment for police officers”.

In Almaty the offices of five television stations were looted – including MIR, Kazakhstan, Khabar, Eurasia and KTK.

It was also reported that a student went missing after posting footage of the riots.

A burned car is caught on fire by the mayor’s office in Kazakhstan
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Nurlan Mailinov, in his 20s, shared videos of a fire in the mayor’s office, burning cars, and destroyed, looted cafes.

He told how protesters broke into a safe with millions of Kazakh currency tenge in the confiscated office.

Holding banknotes in hand, he said, “You have given out 2,000 tenge (£ 3.40) to each person.

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

Security forces were deployed
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His posts suddenly stopped amid fighting with the authorities.

Protests erupted on Sunday as the government raised its fuel price cap, but the riots have also escalated and encompassed political grievances, according to the BBC.

Protesters line up
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Kazakh police officers are seen on a barricade
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UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has since condemned the violence in Kazakhstan, adding that London would consult with allies on next steps.

She told parliament: “We condemn the violence and property destruction in Almaty and will continue to coordinate with our allies on what further steps we should take.”

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