The death toll of law enforcement officers in Alma-Ata has risen to 13

The death toll of security forces in Alma-Ata has grown to 13, two of them beheaded. This is reported with reference to the data of the commandant’s office of the city.

“Thirteen law enforcers died, including two bodies were found with their heads cut off,” a spokesman for the commandant’s office said.

The brutal actions of the attackers, the commandant’s office is convinced, indicate the terrorist and extremist nature of the gangs who attacked Alma-Ata.

On the night of January 6, the unrest in Almaty did not subside. For example, radical protesters armed themselves and began looting, destroying stores, drugstores and banks. There were reports of shootouts between the military and protesters in the city.

In the morning of January 6, the military in APCs and armored cars encircled the marauding rioters in the center of Alma-Ata. There were about 50 units of military equipment and about 200 demonstrators confronted them. According to journalists, after the cordon the protesters opened fire on the military and as a result a firefight ensued.

Dozens of rioters were killed after an attempt to storm the police building in Almaty. As Saltanat Azirbek, an official representative of the city’s police department, explained, the anti-terrorist operation is taking place in one of the city’s districts where administrative buildings are located.
It also became known that armed bandits in Almaty surrounded two major hospitals and prevented patients and medics from entering them.

The CSTO Secretariat has reported that Russian peacekeepers are being airlifted to Kazakhstan by military transport aircraft of the Russian Air Force. It is noted that the forward units of the contingent have already started to carry out their tasks.

The day before the President of the country Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appealed to the heads of states-members of the CSTO to assist Kazakhstan in overcoming the terrorist threat. He called what is happening in the country an undermining of the integrity of the state and an attack on the citizens of Kazakhstan.

The Kazakhstani president said security forces have been killed and more than 300 injured. According to him, terrorist groups have seized buildings and infrastructure, weapons facilities and fought with college cadets. He said the rioters had received serious training abroad.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who holds the post of CSTO chairman, said that in connection with Tokayev’s appeal and in view of the threat to Kazakhstan’s national security and sovereignty caused by interference from outside, the CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send a collective peacekeeping force for a limited period to stabilize and normalize the situation in that country.

In addition to Kazakhstan, the CSTO includes Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. Townspeople unhappy with rising LPG prices marched. The price of fuel rose from 60 KZT to 120 KZT per liter. Authorities formed a government commission and promised to lower prices. The government of Kazakhstan resigned.