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Mass brawl on border of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Source : 112 Ukraine

Authorities had to engage special forces in order to extinguish the conflict
13:11, 8 February 2020

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As a result of mass clashes in a number of settlements on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, eight people died, several dozen were injured with gunshots. Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Turgumbayev announced this information at briefing, vlast.kz reports.

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According to him, the conflict began on the evening of February 7 on the outskirts of the village of Masanchi; it initially involved about 70 aggressively-minded residents.

Some of the participants in the conflict filmed what was happening on video and, as Turgumbayev stated, "through messengers and social networks they called on citizens to illegal actions, which led to an escalation of the conflict."

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“As a result, about 300 more people arrived from neighboring settlements. During the riots, several dozen participants received bodily injuries and gunshot wounds; unfortunately, eight people succumbed to injuries”, the Interior Minister said.

Additional police forces were sent to the village, but the participants in the fight offered active resistance to law enforcement officers.

"The hooligans used metal objects, stones, firearms. Later, the villages of Aukhatti and Bulan-Batyr were also affected by conflicts. Roadblocks were put up along the perimeter of settlements and their access roads," Turgumbayev said.

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He said that, according to preliminary data, as a result of "hooligan actions" more than 20 private houses, 15 shops and 23 cars were damaged.

"The conflict was localized; 47 people were detained, two hunting rifles were seized from them," the Minister added.

As we reported before, in 2019, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service recorded 27.3 million foreigners entering and leaving Ukraine.

In particular, foreigners visited Ukraine by land 21.5 million times. Thus, there were 6.3 million border crossings with the EU countries, about 80% of which – with Poland. In addition, 7.9 million cases of border crosing were recorded with Moldova, 4.5 million – with Belarus, 2.8 million with Russia.

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