President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that the anti-terrorist operation in the country will end soon, he stated during a Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) meeting, Sputnik Kazakhstan reports.
"In the near future, a large-scale anti-terrorist operation will end, and with it the CSTO mission," he said.
He noted that during the operation, about 8,000 people who took part in the riots were taken to the police. Police also seized 116 weapons.
As it was reported, the unrest in Kazakhstan began against the background of rising gas prices; clashes with security forces, seizure of office buildings, and looting began in the cities.
By January 4, protests had spread across the country. Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in several major cities, including Almaty. Kazakhstan has declared a critical level of the terrorist threat.
The authorities have not yet provided exact data on the number of dead; it is known that three children are among the dead.
At the same time, almost 400 people were injured by the military.