#AceNewsReport – Feb.08: Dozens of homes were set ablaze and at least 8 people were killed as almost 400 villagers clashed with police and each other in southern Kazakhstan, prompting authorities to send in reinforcements and install roadblocks: A massive brawl broke out on Friday in the outskirts of Masanchi, a settlement close to the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border.
The initial call to local police reported 70 people taking part in skirmishes, and several patrols were dispatched to the location: Some “provocateurs” were filming the brawl as it unfolded, spreading the videos via messaging apps, Kazakhstan’s Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev later told journalists: By midnight more people gathered, some coming from nearby villages.
Authorities estimate around 400 people took part in clashes that left at least eight people dead and dozens being treated for gunshot wounds and other injuries: The crowd torched dozens of buildings and cars, making the vicinity look like a warzone.
Footage circulated on YouTube shows cheering mobsters wandering around the burning houses: Mobsters then attacked the police, wounding two officers with gunshots, but the situation was brought under control once National Guard reinforcements arrived.
Police have detained 47 people and secured two hunting shotguns, with officers – wearing protective riot gear – sealing off the area.
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