Oil theft suspects, Salafism followers detained in Kazakhstan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
A number of people suspected of involvement in the theft of oil have been detained in Kazakhstan during a special operation, and tankers with oil and oil products have been seized, the country’s National Security Committee reported Dec. 7.
In addition, several members of a criminal gang, consisting of followers of radical Salafism (an ultra-conservative reform movement within Islam), which provided the so-called criminal protection to the persons engaged in oil theft, have been arrested, according to the security committee.
The special operation was carried out by the National Security Committee jointly with the National Anticorruption Bureau and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan in the Aktobe region, as well as other regions of the country.
Currently, the places of residence of the detainees, as well as a number of enterprises supposedly dealing with the legalization of the stolen oil, are being searched for.
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