Kuanyshalin also stated that live ammunition was fired in the city. As proof, he showed the shell casings, said the newspaper.
The chief of staff is on Republic Square. He assures that the headquarters has nothing to do with the looters.
The newspaper also reports that about 2,000 people have been taken to police stations.
Earlier it was reported that security forces are conducting an anti-terrorist special operation in Almaty, with plans to return all administrative buildings to the city's control. The police reported dozens of victims.
Later, it was stated that 13 law enforcers were killed, two of them were decapitated, and 353 officers were injured during the riots, which occurred in Almaty the day before.
In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.
After a couple of days of anti-government protests, the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.
On January 5, a state of emergency was declared all over Kazakhstan amid massive fuel price protests.
Besides, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place.