Kazakhstan president gives 'shoot to kill' order as protests continue
Patrick Rhys Atack
Violence continued in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty on Friday, despite a televised warning from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that so-called "terrorists" would be shot without warning by security forces.
The city is reportedly quieter after the arrival of 2,500 troops from Kazakhstan's neighbors, including Russia. Tokayev gave "special thanks" to Russia's President Vladimir Putin for the assistance, which came via the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
The European Union, UK and U.S. have raised concerns about Russia's involvement, and the United Nations has called for all security forces to act with restraint.
But gunshots and explosions have been heard in the center of the city, close to where the previous nights' disturbances took place.