Two extremist cells were neutralized in Almaty, whose members took an active part in the riots in the city from January 4 to 8, the National Security Committee reported.
“On January 9, four members of one cell were detained on suspicion of committing mass illegal actions, leadership and participation in a proscribed extremist organization and recruitment into extremist activities. Firearms, traumatic and stun grenades, bullets, religious literature and other material evidence were found and seized during searches in their places of residence,” the National Security Committee reports.
The leader of another group, a foreign national, took an active part in the riots and communicated with terrorist groups abroad. According to the investigation, he purposefully arrived in Kazakhstan to prepare mass illegal actions and attacks on the government bodies and the security forces. A search for his accomplices has been organized.
Translation by Saniya Sakenova
Editing by Saule Mukhamejanova