Kazakhstan unrest: 3 cops beheaded amid chaos as bodies of protesters pile up

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Three cops were beheaded by a mob and dozens of protesters were said today to have been slaughtered as Kazakhstan descended into chaos.

The nation has seen clashes over fuel prices today spill over into bloodshed, looting and political violence, according to local reports.

At least 13 police were killed as riots erupted after the government lifted its price cap on petrol. A further 353 law enforcement officers were wounded today in Almaty.

Shocking footage from today appears to show the bodies of dozens of protesters killed in the bloody unrest lined up under white sheets.

The government has branded the riots as a “terrorist character” as they reacted to the decapitations.

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Footage reportedly shows the bodies of protesters under white sheets
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Social media/east2west news)

The bodies are filling up the Almaty morgue
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The corpses in a mortuary in Almaty indicate the scale of the carnage in the ex-Soviet republic where the violence is continuing unabated.

Police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek admitted the slaughter of “dozens” of protesters.

She said: “Extremist forces attempted to storm the administrative buildings, the police department of the city of Almaty as well as district directorates and police departments.

“Dozens of attackers were eliminated, their identities are being established.”

Protesters gathered at one of the Almaty hospitals after at least 400 people were admitted following riots
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These images were captured by Nurlan Mailinov, who has reportedly gone missing
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Nurlan Mailinov/east2west news)

Authorities have portrayed the protesters as “terrorists” as intense shooting in Almaty continues.

Reports from the scene said: “Troops arrived at the square, and started the mop-up of trouble-makers. The intensive firing is underway.

“In relation to this, we are urging residents and the city’s guests to refrain from leaving houses for the sake of their own safety,” she added.

At least one gun shop was also looted and weapons were stolen, reports say.

Protests erupts on Sunday after the government lifted its price cap on fuel
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The mortuary video shows dozens of bodies but it is unclear where or exactly when they were slain.

They are civilians and many are young and covered in white sheets.

A commentary on the macabre footage says: “The corpses, the bodies of the protesters.

“Different ages, young people. These are all protesters – adult, young. Very young.”

The authorities – struggling to keep control of the energy-rich country amid the unprecedented protests – have not given a death toll for demonstrators, while stressing that a number of police have died.

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Looting has taken place across Almaty – one of the major cities in the country
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Nurlan Mailinov/east2west news)