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Kazakhstan Cancels The “Yellow” Level Of Terrorist Threat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 17:08

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. According to representatives of the law enforcement agencies, the terrorists were Salafis.


Initially, the “yellow” level of terrorist threat was established for a period of 40 days. Then the National Security Committee explained that the moderate “yellow” level shall be introduced in the country if there is unconfirmed information about the real possibilities of a terrorist attack. The “orange” (high) level is introduced if there is confirmed information about the real possibility of a terrorist attack. Finally, the “red” (critical) level is for when there is information about a completed terrorist attack, and there is evidence of a possible repeat of an act of terrorism or simultaneous terrorist attacks on vulnerable facilities.


On June 30, 2016, the Committee suppressed the activity of another radical gang, whose members planned to commit terrorist acts in the territory of Karaganda Province. Six people were arrested, and another potential terrorist blew himself.


On July 16, in accordance with the decision of the then chairman of the National Security Committee Vladimir Zhumakanov, the effectiveness of the “yellow” level of terrorist threat was extended for another 30 days. Two days later, Ruslan Kulekbaev initiated firefights in tried before arranged in several parts of the city of Alma-Ata, in which 10 people were killed (including eight law enforcement officers and two civilians). Therefore, on August 14, the “yellow” level was extended until January 2017.

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