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Kazakhstan says has so far detained nearly 8,000 over unrest

Authorities blame violence on 'extremists' and 'terrorists'

A man sits on the steps of a building in Almaty on Jan. 9 as a vehicle, which was burnt during mass protests triggered by rising fuel prices, is seen in the foreground.    © Reuters

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.

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