In a disturbing development for Kazakhstan, another supposedly radicalized gunman singled out security forces for an attack — this time in the country’s largest city, Almaty.
Interior Ministry said at least five people — three police officers and two civilians — were killed on July 18 during attacks centered on a police station and branch office of the National Security Committee, or KNB.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev was quick this time to make a public statement on the events, which he described as a terrorist attack. That marked a contrast with his slow reaction to violence breaking out in Aktobe on June, when he was not seen in public for three days.
Nazarbayev was briefed at a national security council meeting by KNB chairman Vladimir Zhumakanov, who provided some intriguing details on one detained suspect, Ruslan Kulekbayev.
Kulekbayev was born in June 1990 in the southern Kyzylorda region, but lived in the Almaty region selling mobile phones.
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