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ASTANA, June 8. /TASS/. Militants who organized a series of attacks in Aktobe, a city in western Kazakhstan, received instructions from abroad, says the address of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev published on Wednesday.
"According to available data, the terrorist attack was organized by adherents of radical pseudo-religious movements. They received instructions from abroad," the statement said.
It also noted that a special inter-agency investigation team led by the interior minister has been set up on instructions from the president. The investigation is under personal control of the country’s prosecutor-general.
"All criminals will be brought to justice to the full extent of the law," the head of state said, adding that the families of those who died or were injured in the attacks will receive comprehensive assistance.
President Nazarbayev said there are signs that ‘color revolutions’ plotted in the Central Asian republic.
"We all know that the so-called color revolutions have various methods and start with sophisticated rallies, murders and the strive to seize power. These signs have emerged here," the president said, adding that "someone has sought to test the state power’s strength" taking advantage of the liberal state policy and laws.
The Kazakh leader reminded that the countries hit by color revolutions "today have neither state nor stability, poverty and banditry rule there and conditions have been created for the emergence of extremists and terrorists," and "economy of these countries has been pushed decades back to the past."
"I call on all people, all political and public groups to unite and show that we will protect our world, stability and friendship of all Kazakh people. The state will take additional measures to fight against those who try to shatter the society and the country," Nazarbayev said.
Nazarbayev vowed that authorities "will take the toughest measures to suppress extremists and terrorists."
On June 5, a group of criminals attacked two gun shops and an army unit of the National Guard in Aktobe, a city located 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Russia’s border, the Interior Ministry said. Seven people were killed in the attack, including three servicemen. Thirty eight people were wounded, the health ministry said.
A total of 13 criminals were killed and 14 others wounded in an anti-terrorist operation. A search for six other suspects is underway. A moderate "yellow" terrorist alert has been declared in all regions of the republic for at least 40 days. The situation in the city is under personal control of the president.