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Four killed in Almaty 'terrorist' shootout

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Four killed in Almaty 'terrorist' shootout

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At least three policemen and one civilian were killed in street shootings in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty on Monday (July 18), security officials said.

One suspect was arrested, a man in his twenties said to be close to Salafism, an ultra-conservative school of Islam.

Authorities said the gunman attacked a police station and an office belonging to the Kazakh secret service, and also tried to hijack a car, killing its driver, before he was himself wounded by police.

It’s the second attack on security forces in as many months. It fans fears of a growing Islamist threat in this mainly Muslim central Asian nation.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader since 1989, called Monday’s shootings a terrorist act. He convened an emergency cabinet meeting and ordered tighter security in public areas.

Last month, men said to be Islamic State sympathizers attacked gun stores and a military facility near the Russian border, killing seven people.

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