Just In: Troops told to fire without warning as unrest continue in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader says he has authorized security forces to “fire without warning” amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said “20,000 bandits” had attacked the main city of Almaty, the epicentre of protests sparked by a fuel price hike.

He has blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without giving evidence.

The interior ministry says 26 “armed criminals” and 18 security officers have been killed so far in the unrest.

This is a developing story…..

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