Riots in Kazakhstan kill 160
More than 160 people have been killed so far in Kazakhstan in the last few days since riots began over protests over rising fuel prices. More than 5,000 people have been arrested in connection with the violence that rocked Central Asia’s largest country.
The country’s interior ministry was quoted in local media on Sunday as saying that property damage was initially estimated at ৮ 198 million after the deadly violence.
The ministry said hundreds of businesses and banks had been attacked and looted in the past few days. The protesters destroyed about 400 vehicles.
The Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Kazakhstan’s health ministry as saying on Sunday that at least 164 people, including two children, had been killed in the latest violence. Among them, 103 were killed in the country’s capital, Almaty. The country’s largest city has seen the most violence.
Kazakhstan’s Interior Minister Arlan Turgumbayev says the situation is stable in all parts of the country today. However, he acknowledged that the fight against terrorism was continuing with the aim of restoring law and order in the country.
The country’s interior ministry says 5,135 people have been detained for questioning as part of 125 separate investigations into the violence.