On June 5, unidentified armed assailants attacked two gun shops and a military unit in Kazakh city of Aktobe. In response, the country’s authorities announced an anti-terrorism operation.

The incident left 25 people killed, including 18 terrorists, who were said to be radical followers of non-conventional religious movements. Following the event, the Kazakh government introduced the “yellow” threat level.

“Anti-Terrorist Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan is announcing the extension of the moderate “yellow” level of terrorist threat in the country until January 15, 2017,” the statement reads.

The shooting of police officers in the southern Kazakh city of Almaty on July 18, described as an act of terrorism by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, claimed lives of five people, leaving seven more injured. The terrorist threat in Kazakstan’s largest city has been put to “red”, later to be lowered to “yellow.”