Gun battles in Kazakh city after govt begins ‘counter-terrorist’ op – reports

Eight police and military killed, over 300 injured in Wednesday’s violence so far, the Kazakh interior ministry says

Reports and videos of intense gunfire are coming from the streets of Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. This is after the government launched a “counter-terrorist” operation, blaming foreign-trained groups for chaos in the city.

The operation was launched late on Wednesday, shortly after Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev branded the ongoing unrest a “terrorist attack” on the country. The president also said he has reached Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help in getting the grip on the situation.

Footage circulating online, purportedly shot in Almaty, shows a large group of servicemen in riot gear walking though the middle of a street with multiple explosions heard in the background.

Another video shows an empty street with two civilians running for cover amid heavy gunfire.


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