Mayor's office torched in Almaty

The building in Almaty was surrounded by protesters who appeared to have broken through security forces' cordons even though the latter deployed stun grenades. Explosions could be heard throughout the city centre.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Wednesday that he had appealed to a Russia-led security bloc to assist Kazakhstan in overcoming what he called a "terrorist threat."

Protests began in the west of the former Soviet republic on Sunday (January 2) over fuel price increases, leading to the resignation of the government earlier on Wednesday.

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