The Police launches an anti-terrorist operation and denounces the presence of “bandits” trained “abroad”
, Jan 6 () –
The authorities of Kazakhstan have confirmed this Thursday the death of “dozens” of people who tried to break into several administrative buildings in the city of Almaty on Wednesday night as part of the protests in recent days over the increase in prices of the Liquid gas.
Almaty Police spokeswoman Saltanat Azirbek has indicated that “extremist forces tried to break into administrative buildings”, including the Police headquarters. “Dozens of attackers have been eliminated, their identities are being determined,” he added.
He has also said that there is an anti-terrorist operation in this area of the city and has asked residents “to avoid leaving their homes, for their own safety,” according to the Russian news agency TASS. The city police have stressed in a statement that the objective is to “establish order.”
Thus, the local police have said that “radicalized followers of the riots have caused enormous damage to the city and have resisted the legitimate actions of the security agencies to establish order and guarantee security.”
“The extremists are looting and causing damage to businesses,” he pointed out, while underlining that “they endanger the lives and health of civilians, obstructing the work of medical workers and causing damage to clinics and hospitals.”
“The bandits who are operating in Almaty are highly organized, which shows that they were seriously trained abroad,” reported the Police, who denounced that “their attack against Kazakhstan is an act of aggression and an attempt to alter the integrity of the State “.
Hours earlier, the Ministry of the Interior had confirmed the death of eight uniformed policemen and soldiers of the National Guard, after the Kazakh President, Kasim Jomart Tokayev, addressed the nation to reaffirm that he will act “with the utmost harshness possible “against those responsible for the disturbances, as well as all those who participated in them.
“Half of the territory of our country is involved in riots. The situation is especially difficult in Almaty (…) and this cannot be tolerated,” he said, before pointing for the first time since the beginning of the demonstrations to existence of “several dead and wounded”.
The city of Almaty is for now the main scene of the demonstrations, which have also spread to large cities such as Nursultán, the capital, and Mangistau, for this reason President Tokayev has decreed a state of emergency in several regions and a curfew between 11:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m. (local time).
Faced with this situation, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – a military alliance made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – has announced that it will send troops to Kazakh territory, in response to the president’s request. .
“In connection with the request of the President of Kazakhstan and in view of the threat to national security and sovereignty of Kazakhstan caused, among other things, by external interference, the CSTO Collective Security Council (…) decided send the Collective Peacekeeping Forces to Kazakhstan “, highlighted the Prime Minister of Armenia and President of the Council, Nikol Pashinián.