MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Security forces in Kazakhstan are controlling the situation in the northwestern city of Aktobe and there is no reason for reinforcement in the near-border zone in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
"First, the situation is controlled by Kazakhstan’s security forces rather efficiently. And there is hardly a reason for any reinforcement [in Russia close to border with Kazakhstan]," Peskov said.
The Kremlin stressed that the attacks in the Kazakh city on Sunday are a domestic affair. He also knows nothing if Kazakh partners need to cooperate with Russia on this issue.
"No doubt, this is an absolutely internal affair of Kazakhstan," Peskov said. "In fact, the Kazakh security forces have countered these gunmen rather efficiently," he said, adding that the Kazakh investigators will definitely solve the crime.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken the situation in the city of Aktobe under his personal control, the country’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov told a Cabinet meeting on Monday.
"The head of state keeps the issue under control. The law enforcement agencies need to carry the operation through," Massimov said. "The administration and all government agencies need to take all appropriate measures." He noted that "further conclusions will be drawn" and "a range of measures will be taken" in the wake of the events that took place in Aktobe. Under the instruction of the president, the prime minister is too determined "to keep the issue under his personal control."
According to the country’s Interior Minsitry, on Sunday, June 5, a group of "adherents of radical non-traditional religious movements" attacked gun shops and a National Guard military base in Aktobe killing six people, including three soldiers. Another ten people were wounded. Police said some gunmen were eliminated, others were detained. The rest are sought. The identities of all those involved in the attacks have been established.
Police have tightened security measures. The situation in Aktobe is described as stable, enterprises and public transport work as usual.