Kazakh authorities have apprehended two suspects in an armed attack on a police station in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty, that killed three officers and four civilians and wounded at least eight other people.
The city was put on “red” alert and residents were being asked to stay indoors, and it was unclear whether police were hunting for further suspects.
The attackers were said to have struck at a police station and a facility of the Kazakh Committee for National Security, and possibly a third location.
President Nursultan Nazarbaev has ordered the Kazakh Security Council to convene in Almaty, according to a statement from the presidential press service.
It is the second deadly attack in two months in the wealthiest of Central Asia’s five post-Soviet republics following a still largely unexplained rampage by dozens of young men in the northwestern city of Aqtobe that left at least 28 people dead.
The first suspect detained on July 18 was said to be a 27-year-old resident of Kazakhstan’s south-central Kyzylorda Province, and authorities tied him to the murder of a local woman over the weekend.
The other detainee was said to have been “beside the criminal” when the first man tried to force his way into the district police station.
The Kazakh government has ordered all military units to be out on high alert.
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