Kazakhstan detains 7,939 people over unrest

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NUR-SULTAN (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s security forces have detained a total of 7,939 people as of Monday over last week’s unrest, the Interior Ministry said, the worst bout of violence in the Central Asian nation’s post-Soviet history. Government buildings were briefly captured or torched in several cities last week as initially peaceful protests against fuel price increases turned violent. Authorities have blamed the violence on “extremists” and “terrorists” some of whom they say were foreigners. Karim Masimov, former head of the National Security Committee, was detained on suspicion of treason…

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