ASTANA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Kazakhstan intelligence agencies prevented 12 violent extremist acts in 2016, Sergei Shveikin, deputy chief of the anti-terrorist center of the Kazakh National Security Committee, said on Tuesday.
"Last year we faced a difficult situation -- the so-called single-Jihad. In 2016, 12 violent extremist acts were prevented at the early stage of preparation and 182 people were convicted in Kazakhstan, among which three were convicted for financing terrorism, who were members of international terrorist organizations," said Shveykin at an international meeting against terrorism in Astana.
The deputy chief added that Kazakhstan arrested and handed over five foreign extremists to other partner states. Besides, the Kazakh National Security Committee contributed to the arrest of 14 international terrorist organization members.
Eight people were killed in terrorist attacks on two weapon shops and a military unit in Aktobe on June 5, 2016. The Specialized Inter-District Criminal Court of the Aktobe region convicted 29 people in connection with the terrorist attack, among whom seven have been sentenced to life in prison and two received 25 and 22 years of imprisonment respectively.