Yellow Level of Terrorist Alert Prolonged in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – On Aug. 14, the Anti-Terrorist Centre of Kazakhstan announced the extension of a moderate yellow level of terrorist alert across the country until Jan.15, 2017, the National Security Committee (KNB) press service reported.

According to the statement, the chairman of the KNB made this decision in accordance with the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan of Aug.9, 2013 “On approval of the rules of organisation and functioning of the state system of information monitoring and alerting the public about the threat of terrorist act.”

The alert follows the Aug. 11 death of police officer Zhalgas Keldibayev, who had been in the intensive care since being injured during a July attack in Almaty. Keldibayev, 24, had worked at the patrol division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 2014.

On July 18, a gunman attacked police officers in Almaty. The attack lead to the death of four police officers, one officer of the Border Guards and one civilian on the spot. Five police officers and two civilians were also hospitalised. The highest red level of terrorist alert was imposed in the city for one day. When the attacker was arrested, the level of treat was lowered to yellow.

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