The Kazakh forces have killed 26 people in the “anti-terrorist” operation
that they carry out mainly in the city of Almaty to end the violent protests that are shaking the Central Asian country, authorities reported.
According to the Interior Ministry, more than 3,000 “criminals” have been arrested and 18 “armed” people have been injured.
The authorities previously acknowledged the death of at least 18 law enforcement officers, two of whom were found beheaded, according to the official version.
The Kazakh President, Kasim-Yomart Tokáyev, describes the protesters who have taken to the streets of the country as terrorists, initially due to the rise in the price of liquefied gas, and assures that the protests are being orchestrated by a group of instigators, although he did not reveal his identity.
Faced with the “terrorist threat” he asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military bloc in the post-Soviet space that groups six countries and is led by Russia, part of whose peacekeeping forces have already arrived in the country with the objective of “stabilizing the situation”.
“This contingent arrived for a limited period to protect strategic objectives, ” Tokayev said today at a meeting at the anti-terrorism headquarters, without revealing the number of foreign troops that will support the Kazakh operation, although it is estimated that there will be more than 3,000.
According to him, the constitutional order “has basically been restored in all regions of the country and the local authorities have the situation under control . “Of course, he added that the “anti-terrorist actions will continue until the destruction of the militants” terrorists.
As reported in its Telegram account by the Kazakh portal Tengrinews. kz, the “red” level of the terrorist threat has been introduced throughout the country , which gives the special forces a wide margin of maneuver in their operations and allows them to temporarily restrict the citizen movement. The president plans to address the population this Friday in a televised address.
According to the Interior, there are 70 checkpoints installed throughout the country.