Up to 4,000 terrorists detained in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Materials 8 January 2022 01:12 (UTC +04:00)
Up to 4,000 terrorists detained in Kazakhstan

Law enforcement of Kazakhstan have already detained about 4 thousand terrorists, Trend reports citing TASS.

The largest number of arrests was recorded in Almaty, where "the activities of over 100 persons were suppressed during the mopping-up operation". All government buildings have been taken under control, the patrol police ensure public order, combat units are operating normally.

Detainees face life imprisonment.

Kazakhstan's government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.

After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance.

Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government initiated anti-terrorist operations to deal with the ongoing riots.

Also, the divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order and help protect strategic objects of the country.