18 Kazakh security officers dead, over 700 wounded in unrest

Casualties among Kazakh security officers have risen to 18 dead and 748 wounded as authorities seek to quell unrest in the ex-Soviet country, Russian news agencies report, citing the interior ministry.

Russia’s Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies also cite the ministry as saying that 2,298 people have so far been detained after protests over fuel price hikes escalated into direct clashes with officers yesterday.

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