The largest city in Kazakhstan, Almaty, which has become one of the hotbeds of protests and clashes with security officials, is completely surrounded by checkpoints. Dozens of military personnel are on duty on them, to whom the armored personnel carrier is attached. On leaving the city, the military inspects cars and checks documents, informs a TASS correspondent.
Shooting can be heard from time to time in the city. On television, calls are repeated to move away from the windows in the areas where the “anti-terrorist special operation” is being carried out.
Some grocery stores have opened, but residents say there is no bread on sale. ATMs still do not work, and it is almost impossible to withdraw money in the city.
Earlier, the Almaty authorities said the situation was under control. At the same time, the highest level of terrorist threat continues to operate in the region. Residents are urged to “stay calm” and not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.