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kazakhstan: 164 dead, nearly 6,000 arrested in week of protests in Kazakhstan


MOSCOW: Kazakhstan’s health ministry said on Sunday that 164 people have been killed in protests that have rocked the country over the past week. The figures reported on the state news channel Khabar-24 are a significant rise from previous tallies.
It is not clear if the deaths refer only to civilians or if law-enforcement deaths are included. Most of the deaths — 103 — were in Almaty, the country’s largest city, according to the ministry.
The country’s ombudswoman for children’s rights said that three of those killed were minors, including a 4-year-old girl. The ministry earlier reported more than 2,200 people sought treatment for injuries, and the interior ministry said about 1,300 security officers were injured. The office of Kazakhstan’s president said that about 5,800 people were detained by police during the protests.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s office said on Sunday that order has stabilised and that authorities have regained control of administrative buildings that were occupied by protesters. The president’s office also said that troops from a Russian-led military alliance were guarding key facilities. The Russian TV station Mir-24 said that sporadic gunfire was heard in Almaty on Sunday.

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