Wednesday, January 19

Kazakhstan says 26 “armed criminals” have been killed

26 “armed criminals” have been killed and 18 wounded, while more than 3,000 have been arrested, the Interior Ministry in Kazakhstan said. The president has ordered firing on people without warning.

26 “armed criminals” have been killed and 18 wounded, while more than 3,000 have been arrested, according to the Interior Ministry in Kazakhstan, according to Ria Novosti. Rebel police are stationed here in Almaty, the country’s largest city.

Tokayev says in a televised speech on Friday that negotiations with the rebels, whom he describes as “armed bandits”, will not be relevant. He says the city of Almaty was attacked by 20,000 “bandits”.

He also thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for sending troops to the country.

The death toll and the number of arrests are reported by the TV channel Khabar 24, writes it state, Russian news agency Ria Novosti. At the same time, AFP reports that the president has ordered that soldiers can shoot at people without warning.

The Ministry of the Interior has previously warned that rebels who did not listen to the demand that they lay down their arms would be killed, writes Ria Novosti, who also reports that all government buildings have been cleared of protesters.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says in a statement that the constitutional order in the country has been restored after several days of unrest and riots.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev warns that security forces will open fire without warning.

– The security forces are working hard. The constitutional order has been roughly restored in all regions, the statement said on Friday.

Furthermore, the president adds that the security operations will continue until “the total destruction of the rebels”.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Kazakhstan

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Kazakhstan that is not strictly necessary.

Due to the unpredictable situation after the demonstrations in the country, advises against Ministry of Foreign Affairs all travel that is not strictly necessary to the whole of Kazakhstan.

– Norwegian citizens in the country are encouraged to stay calm and to follow developments in local and international media, the government writes on its website.

Ria Novosti announced on Thursday night that shots could be heard in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. In videos published by journalists in the city, one can hear violent gunfire.

The country has in recent days been marked by riots and demonstrations that have been cracked down on by the authorities. Dozens of protesters and at least 18 policemen are said to have been killed, and hundreds injured.

On Wednesday, Tokayev asked for help from a Russian-led military alliance to control the demonstrations and riots in the country. The forces from the CSTO alliance were sent to Kazakhstan after a short time.

A video from the Russian Ministry of Defense shows, among other things, armored vehicles that are now on their way to the neighboring country by transport aircraft, according to AFP.

The UN and the EU are among those who have expressed concern about the situation, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has in talks with his Kazakh counterpart called for a peaceful solution to the situation.

The mayor’s office in Almaty was among the buildings set on fire during the demonstrations.

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