Explosion and gunfire heard near main square in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Witnesses

Explosion and gunfire heard near main square in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Witnesses

New bursts of gunfire could be heard Thursday evening in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty as security forces fought to put down unprecedented unrest, an AFP correspondent said.

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Sounds of gunfire came from the direction of the mayor’s office, stormed by protesters on Wednesday, at around 5:30 pm local time (1130 GMT) and again about an hour later.

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