225 dead, thousands hurt after Kazakhstan protests

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225 dead, thousands hurt after Kazakhstan protests

The wave of unrest in Kazakhstan in early January has left 225 people dead and thousands of others hurt, the head of the criminal prosecution service at the Prosecutor General's Office said Saturday.

Bodies of 225 deceased people were brought to morgues. There were 19 police and service personnel among them, according to Serik Shalabayev, who spoke at a news conference.

The official said 4,578 people had been identified as victims after nearly two weeks of violent protests. There are 4,353 wounded people, 3,393 of which are security service personnel.

After weeks of protests and unrest in the country, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the country's National Security Council to establish a special operations force, according to Sputnik.