Gunmen launch series of deadly attacks in Kazakhstan

    Gunmen launch series of deadly attacks in Kazakhstan

    June 6, Astana: Gunmen have killed six people at a national guard base and two stores selling firearms in Kazakhstan's industrial city of Aktobe, according to the interior ministry.

    Four of the assailants were killed and seven detained on Sunday by police in a "counter-terrorist" operation, ministry spokesman Almas Sadubayev said. Some remained at large, media reports said.

    Gunmen killed a clerk and a guard at one firearms store and then wounded three policemen who arrived at the site. At another firearms store, they killed a visitor before police came and killed three attackers.

    A third group hijacked a bus and used it to ram the gate at the national guard base, where they killed three servicemen before guards and police killed one attacker.

    A resident of Aktobe - who asked to be identified only by his first name, Valery - told Reuters by telephone he had seen armed police from his balcony and heard gunshots.

    Valery received a text message saying a 10pm curfew was being imposed in the city.

    Aktobe, 100km from the Russian border, was the site of Kazakhstan's first suicide bombing in 2011 when a local man detonated an explosive device inside the building of the state security service.

    Tokhtar Tuleshov, best known as the chief executive of one of the Central Asian nation's largest breweries, has been imprisoned since January, but authorities had not up to now given details of any charges.

    The Oslo Times


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