Death toll announced in unrest in Kazakhstan

Death toll announced in unrest in Kazakhstan

The death toll from the unrest in Kazakhstan was announced today.

The death toll from the unrest in Kazakhstan is 225 people, including 19 members of the security forces, it was announced today, January 15. The attorney general’s office added that the bodies were being shipped to morgues across the country.

The head of prosecution at the prosecutor’s office, Serik Shalabayev, said at a briefing that the number includes civilians and armed “bandits”.

He didn’t give a precise breakdown of the numbers and said the figures could be updated later.

Violent unrest began this month in the Central Asian oil-producing country following a surge in fuel prices for cars. The death figures given by Shalabayev confirmed that the violence was the deadliest in the country’s post-Soviet history.

According to Shalabayev, on Jan. 5, 50,000 people joined the unrest in the former Soviet republic as it peaked. Crowds stormed government buildings, banks, shops and cars in several major cities and set them on fire.

As the unrest escalated, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev turned to a Russian-led military bloc for help and sidelined his former patron and predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev, by taking over the National Security Council.

Following complaints of torture and beatings against detainees, Tokayev today ordered police to be lenient towards those who have not committed serious crimes.

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