Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 14 / Trend K. Konyrova /
The state has all the opportunities, power, professionalism, ability to suppress any manifestation of terrorism, which is committed against Kazakhstan, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said while opening a meeting on counter-terrorism in Akorda today.
"I also urge all Kazakh people to be vigilant," the president said. "If these facts are revealed, one should immediately inform the appropriate law enforcement bodies. We will consider this fact and strengthen the work on all directions.
By opening the meeting, the President stressed that several serious crimes were committed in the city of Taraz last Saturday. The offender has committed an armed assault on the employees of the law enforcement bodies. They killed two members of the national security committee, three police officers and two civilians.
The President stressed that the police officers and members of other law enforcement bodies showed a worthy example of serving to the Fatherland, and showed true heroism. The offender was injured by employees of the separate battalion of traffic police. He blew himself up during the detention. As a result, police captain Baitasov made a heroic feat, by covering an offender who blew himself up. Thus, he prevented massive death toll.
"First of all, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims," he said. "We share their grief. I instruct Interior Minister and local executive bodies of the region to create the necessary conditions for families, children of the victims and to fully support them."
Akorda's press-release said that dead members of the law enforcement bodies, who showed true heroism, will be marked by state awards.
A criminal case was filed under the articles of "terrorism" and "murder." A special investigative group headed by Interior Minister Kalmuhanbet Kasimov was created to investigate all the facts. The group must conduct a thorough investigation.
"President Nazarbayev said that terrorism takes place in many countries, including prosperous Europe," the press-release said. "Kazakhstan is not an exception."
The reports of the heads of law enforcement bodies were heard at the meeting.
After the meeting the President gave specific instructions.