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Fighters from Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Middle East were behind the unrest in Kazakhstan: President

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More than 150 people were killed in protests in Kazakhstan. (Photo: AFP)

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Kazakh President Qasim Jomarat Tokayev has said that militants from Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Middle East were involved in the country’s violent historical events.
According to the French news agency AFP, President Qasim Jomart Tokayev said in a telephone conversation with European Council President Charles Mitchell on Monday that “this was definitely a terrorist attack.”
A statement from Kazakhstan’s president’s office said it was a “well-organized attack” involving foreign fighters from Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
It is estimated that more than 150 people, including officials, were killed in violence during protests and demonstrations against the rise in prices of petroleum products in Kazakhstan.
President Qasim Jomart Tokayev accused the militants of creating chaos in an attempt to seize power.
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Kazakhstan with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and assured the authorities of his full support for the restoration of peace in the country.
A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two ministers also expressed concern over the interference of foreign powers.
According to the statement, the ministers also expressed concern over the involvement of foreigners in attacks on citizens and law enforcement personnel, occupation of government institutions and other facilities.

The CSTO has deployed troops in Kazakhstan. (Photo: AFP)
The Kazakh government and Russia have repeatedly blamed foreign powers for the unrest without providing any evidence.
In a conversation with European Council President Charles Mitchell, President Qasim Jomart Tokayev estimated the economic damage during the protests at between two and three billion dollars.
At the request of the President of Kazakhstan, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has also delivered military equipment, including the deployment of troops in Kazakhstan.
He told the President of the Council of Europe that the CSTO troops were only tasked with protecting strategic installations in Kazakhstan, which would remain in Kazakhstan until the situation was stabilized.
Protests erupted in the country of 19 million people when the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rose on New Year’s Eve. LPG is used in most vehicles in Kazakhstan.
Thousands took to the streets in Almaty and the western province of Mangitao after rising prices.
Protesters say the rise in prices is unfair, given the country’s vast oil and gas reserves.

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Abdullah Shafqat

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