The situation in Kazakhstan after the riots that took place in the country is stabilized and is under control. This was reported on Monday, January 10, by the press service of the National Security Committee of the republic.
“As of January 10, the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan is stabilized and is under control. From the position of the republican and regional operational headquarters for the fight against terrorism, the centers of terrorist threats have been neutralized, ”the statement says.
At the same time, the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan indicated that all administrative facilities seized by terrorists in the cities of Almaty, Kyzylorda, Taldykorgan and Taraz have been released.
According to the published data of the department, the security of especially important, strategic objects and places of storage of weapons and ammunition is also ensured.
“The cleansing of places of possible shelter of militants and participants in the riots is being carried out. Recording and collection of traces of criminal activity is being carried out, ”the Committee concluded.
Earlier that day, Secretary of State Yerlan Karin said that the risk of a repeat terrorist attacks remains in Kazakhstan. He added that citizens need to remain vigilant.
Also on Monday it became known that 7,939 people were detained in Kazakhstan amid the riots. On January 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said that, according to preliminary data, among the participants in the riots in Kazakhstan there are people with combat experience in hot spots.
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. Participants of the rallies opposed the rise in prices for liquefied gas. The actions soon escalated into riots. The situation has become especially aggravated in the largest city of the country – Alma-Ata. The protesters broke into the administration building, set fire to the building of the prosecutor’s office and the presidential residence. Violators of law and order armed themselves and began to loot, destroying shops, pharmacies and banks in the city. They ransacked the offices of five TV channels, tried to attack the pre-trial detention center and attempted to enter the territory of a military unit in the Aktobe region.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted on January 7 that the seized government offices were terrorist groups. He stressed that the bandits who caused the riots had received serious training abroad. The presidential administration of the country specified that among the militants operating in Alma-Ata there were snipers with special rifles.