Kazakhstan detains group planning ‘riots’ ahead of vote


Authorities in Kazakhstan said Thursday they had detained seven people suspected of planning “riots” during this weekend’s presidential elections, which being held months after deadly unrest rocked the Central Asian country.

“The National Security Committee, with the as-sistance of prosecutors, suppressed the activities of a criminal group involved in planning and organising mass riots on November 20 of this year,” the security services said in a statement.

The statement said that the group was not only organising large-scale riots, but planning to attack administrative buildings and law enforcement offices using arms and projectiles.

Weapons including Kalashnikov assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns, ammunition and materials for Molotov cocktails as well as walkie-talkies were confiscation, it said.—APP


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