During the meeting Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov and Chairman of the National Security Committee, as well as other Security Council members informed the President on the situation in the city of Almaty.
Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and instructed public authorities to provide all required assistance.
“A terrorist act has been committed today in Almaty, which, unfortunately, once again led to casualties. I express my condolences to the relatives of the victims. The appropriate psychological and material support will be provided to them. The law enforcement agencies should take all the required steps to ensure law and order in the city,” he said.
The President called on citizens not to respond to any provocations that may arise on the Internet and in the social media.
“The law enforcement agencies are working at the moment in order to find out who the attackers were and what they wanted. Meanwhile it is necessary to ensure protection of the places of mass gathering, providing immediate medical assistance for injured persons and conducting full investigation to establish the perpetrators. It is also necessary to regularly inform the population of Almaty and ensure public order, safety and tranquility. It is important to prevent rumors and panic, and identify the instigators. The citizens of Almaty and all people in our country should be assured that the most decisive measures are taken to restore public order,” he said.
Following the meeting Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the minister of internal affairs to visit Almaty and in cooperation with the mayor of the city to take appropriate measures to stabilize situation there.
In addition, the President instructed the ministry of information and communications to regularly inform the population and promptly respond to all public requests.