A furious mob set fire to police cars and demanded to lynch an alleged paedophile accused of raping a five-year-old girl.
Hundreds stormed the home of the 62-year-old suspect after the young girl was found bound up after being abducted.
Furious vigilantes also stormed into a police station in Kazakhstan city Satpayev where he was held.
Locals had launched a hunt for the kidnapper after a father reported his daughter missing.
Police used loudspeakers to call the child’s name and then she was heard crying behind the door of a 62-year-old man who was later detained.
Officers broke down the door and found her naked and bound with adhesive tape, say reports.
Earlier they had checked the same flat but had not found her because she was ‘hidden in a sofa’.
A medical examination later confirmed the girl had been raped, said local reports citing law enforcement.
As the man was apprehended by police, an angry mob comprising hundreds of locals followed him to the police station while they also stormed and ransacked the man’s flat.
Police cars were set on fire on the way, said reports.
“The child was found in a stranger’s flat,” said a report from Tengrinews.kz
“He was detained and the child was handed over to doctors.
“Then a crowd of angry Satpayev residents began disorders, demanding that the suspect be given to them for lynching.”
Fergana news agency reported: “Stones and sticks were thrown at the police station and burning mixtures at cars.
“Several cars burned down as a result.”
A neighbour of the suspect said: “We heard the sounds of popping noises and the smell of acrid smoke.
“It was very scary, because this crowd of angry people could set fire at any time to the entrance of the block where the suspect lives.”
The suspect has been charged with rape and kidnap, confirmed law enforcement.
Child rapists face chemical castration under new laws in Kazakhstan.
Head of the Kazakhstan Lawyers’ Union, Serik Berkamalov, said “The first reaction to violence against a small child is naturally the most violent and instinctive – to shoot on the spot, to tear him apart alive.
“I will not hide that as a father I felt the same.
“We are all living people. You can understand the crowd of lynchers, but you cannot support it.”
He stressed that the laws against paedophiles had been toughened in Kazakhstan, including the use of castration.
This week a hero policeman was honoured after a suspected paedophile jleaped from a 13th floor window during a chase in Kazakhstan – and the cop jumped after him.
Father of six Bakytzhan Bakirov, 36, was so determined to catch the “rapist” that he didn’t give a moment’s thought to the consequences of falling from such a height, he said.
Unknown to him there was a terrace 20ft below and the Almaty officer broke his foot but managed to hold the suspect until help arrived.
The alleged paedophile named Citizen Sh is accused of breaking into a house and raping a 15 year old girl after stealing £13,500 and terrorising her brother, four.
A nurse and grandmother tasked with castrating paedophiles in Kazakhstan claims the West should follow the ex-Soviet state’s example.
Zoya Manaenko, 68, insists it is right that child sex attackers should face this ultimate punishment.
“These people need to be stopped somehow,” said Zoya who works in a prison hospital.
“They commit terrible crimes against children. So it is right that the law allows this.”