Kazakh Leader Gives Security Forces Order to Shoot Without Warning


Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he had given the order to police and army to shoot without warning as the country’s security forces scoured the streets of Almaty and other cities for protesters after days of unrest triggered by a fuel-price increase.

He said his government had largely restored order and told a meeting of security chiefs Friday that what he called a counterterrorism operation would continue “until the full liquidation of the militants,” who he said were still using weapons. “Law enforcement agencies and the army were given an order by me to shoot at terrorists to kill without warning,” he said, following the arrival of Russian troops to support his government.

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