Kazak police said they killed dozens of protesters overnight as they tried to storm administrative buildings in Almaty, the capital city, multiple local news outlets reported on Thursday.
New clashes erupted this morning between security forces and protesters gathered in Almaty Republic Square, the police said, adding that an intense shootout occurred due to gunmen among the protesters who fired toward the police.
Dozens of provocateurs who attacked a police building have been killed, Sofia News Agency reported.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that he had appealed to a Russia-led security bloc to assist his country in overcoming what he called a “terrorist threat”.
Tokayev made a second televised speech in the space of a few hours as the Central Asian republic faces the worst unrest in more than a decade, initially triggered by a fuel price rise.
According to him, foreign-trained terrorist gangs were seizing buildings, and other government installations. He confirmed losing control of the airport in Almaty, and five aircraft there, including foreign planes.
Tokayev said he had appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
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