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War & Terrorism, Kazakhstan


The threat of deprivation of citizenship may prevent citizens of Kazakhstan from entering into terrorist organizations. President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev made such a statement in an interview for local media. According to him, preventive work was carried out with the returnees; however, this yielded no practical results. “That's why it was decided to prevent them from returning home,” Nazarbayev stressed.



Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov, who is also the head of the republic's Anti-Terrorist Center, canceled the “yellow” level of terrorist threat that had been introduced in the country earlier. Worth recalling, this level was first introduced in Kazakhstan on June 6, 2016, the day after the Aktobe terrorist attack, in which eight people were killed and 23 were injured. The Kazakh security officials managed to kill 18 militants and detained another nine offenders.


In Kazakhstan, the National Security Committee terminated an attempt to finance terrorist activities, as reported by a number of local information publications. According to representatives of the agency, about $15,000 were seized from the 33 members of the religious extremist organization “Al-Takfir wal-Hijra” who had been detained as a result of a special operation. “The purpose and origin of this money is to be found out in the framework of the ongoing investigation of the case,” so reads the response to an official request of a publications.



The National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan announced the elimination of three radical groups that operated in Aktobe and West Kazakhstan provinces in the period August 12-30, 2016. As a result of the court sanctions, 10 people were arrested in West Kazakhstan Province, and 11 people in Aktobe Province. According to the press service of the Committee, its employees managed to prevent a number of terrorist attacks in public places, as well as attacks on law enforcement officers.



On July 18, Almaty witnessed an attempt to attack a police station and the Department of State Security Committee of Kazakhstan. The attackers opened fire, and four people were killed – three police officers and one civilian. According to the initial report of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, one of the suspects was detained in hot pursuit. As reported later, his accomplice was also detained by law enforcement officials.



All Kazakh airports have tightened security measures due to introduction of the so-called “yellow-level” terrorist threat. The reason for this step was the attack of extremists on the military unit and weapon shops in the city of Aktobe on Sunday, June 5. Darkhan Katishev, chief state inspector and head of the aviation security department of the Civil Aviation Committee under the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic, announced this information to the reporters.


As a result of the massacre organized in the Kazakh city of Aktobe on June 5, a total of 17 people were killed, three of whom were soldiers, according to the official information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic. Among other victims: an employee of the “Pallada” store, an employee of “Zhedel Kuzet,” and a visitor of another store. In addition, 11 terrorists were killed as a result of anti-terrorist operation. Also, 22 people were injured.



On April 18, in several regions of Kazakhstan, there were launched large-scale military exercises organized in accordance with the order of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev. According to the press service of the Ministry of National Defense, the exercises will be held in the period April 18-24, in the territories of Atyrau, Kyzylorda, Mangystau and South Kazakhstan provinces.



Kazakhstan has launched the two-stage command and staff exercises, which will be held at a military base located near Astana. They involve forces, equipment and vehicles of a number of national security ministries and agencies, as reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry. The event is held in accordance with the plan of formations of military units and detachments, and of the command personnel of the Kazakh Armed Land Forces for the current year.



On February 22, Kazakhstan launched a major command and staff tactical exercises of the Armed Forces of the Republic under the title “Aybalta 2016,” in accordance with the order of Supreme Commander Nursultan Nazarbayev. According to the press service of the Ministry of National Defense, the exercises are primarily aimed at practicing the actions of troops in cases of localization of various crises.