Kazakhstan National Security Commission neutralizes 42 extremist groups in 2 years 07 февраля 2013, 13:47
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Kazakhstan special forces during anti-terrorist operation. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan National Security Commission neutralized 42 extremist groups and prevented 35 violent protests in 2011 and 2012, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan President's Central Communications Service.
The message says that the situation in countering terrorism in Kazakhstan remains "quite tense". The law-enforcement authorities failed to prevent 18 violations of extremist nature.
"Currently the most serious threat is posed by terrorist organizations located in Afghan-Pakistan near-border area that are planning to build a "khalifat" in Central Asian region," deputy chairman of Kazakhstan National security Commission Kabdulkarim Abdikazimov said at the meeting of the Majilis Commission on Legislation and Judicial-Legal Reform.
The Central Communications Service explains that new legislative amendments for countering extremism have made it possible to create regional anti-terrorist commissions in Kazakhstan's oblasts. They will be managed by oblast Akims (Governors). The decision was conditioned by the fact that heads of local executive authorities have the power and resources that exceed those of territorial divisions of law-enforcement authorities and forces.
"In general the amendments are called to more clearly define the authorities of the state bodies countering terrorism, enhance of liability for violation of the anti-terrorism legislation and, most important, improve the measures of prevention of manifestations of terrorism," the Central Communications Service writes.