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Kazakhstan leader orders security forces to fire without warning 

 

  • Kazakhstan's authoritarian leader says he has ordered 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 epicenter 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.