By Arman Kaliyev
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Police in Almaty have fined the owners or operators of 80 facilities for not taking adequate measures to protect against potential terrorist attacks, Kazakhstan Today reported Thursday (November 16).
As part of a national counter-terrorism law, police inspect local facilities at least once yearly to evaluate their protection from potential terrorism.
Almaty has 1,574 facilities considered vulnerable to terrorism, including 146 government buildings and 1,242 public places.
So far this year, police have inspected 1,030 of those facilities.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.