Alwaght- The president of Kazakhstan has warned that foreign forces are trying to destabilize the central Asian state through a color revolution.
These were the first comments in public by President Nursultan Nazarbayev since a shootout between police and gunmen left more than a dozen dead in the western city of Aktobe on Sunday.
Nazarbayev, who has been president of Kazakhstan for a quarter century, described the attack in Aktobe as “an act of terrorism organized by adherents of radical pseudo-religious movements, who had received instructions from abroad”.
He also implied a link between the attack and a wave of peaceful protests that has broken out across the country in the past six weeks, drawing a parallel with the “color revolutions” that toppled leaders in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
“We all know that so-called ‘color revolutions’ can be carried out by various methods and begin with contrived protests, murders, and an attempt to seize power,” he said. “These symptoms are also being seen here.”
In a related development unidentified gunmen have opened fire on a children's camp in Aktobe. A sting operation has been underway to identify the criminals.
“Gunfire was opened on security guards of kid’s summer camp [in Aktobe]. Shotgun fire was delivered from a white car,” president’s press-service cited the head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Zhumakanov. The incident took place Wednesday morning at around 8 am (02:00 GMT).
On June 5, two gun shops were robbed, a bus was hijacked and a military base in Aktobe came under a violent attack. The group consisted of local extremists, who killed seven people, including three soldiers in a fierce shootout on the military compound’s territory, and wounded 37 people, most of them servicemen.