NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has posthumously awarded medals to 16 law enforcement and armed forces officers for their courage and dedication to serving the country, Akorda reports. The decree was published on the official website of the President.
Tokayev expressed his condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives following attacks by illegal armed groups.
The president said the nation will quickly overcome this dark period in its history and that the key is to prevent these events from happening again in the future. Everyone involved in the attacks will be prosecuted.
Kazakhstan observed the national day of mourning on January 10. State flags were lowered across the country.
âUnfortunately, during those days, 16 police officers, members of the National Guard and the Defense Ministry and special agencies lost their lives at the hands of criminals and more than 1,300 were injured while protecting the public order and the constitutional order of the country. They stuck to their oaths until the end and showed heroism and selfless service to the homeland, âsaid Acting Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev.
The state of emergency was declared to ensure public safety and protect the rights and freedoms of people in the country from January 5 to 19 after the armed attacks in the country. For the moment, the situation is stabilizing with checkpoints set up around towns.