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12 Nov, 2011 18:23

Seven killed in terrorist attack in Kazakhstan

Seven people were killed and three wounded in an assault by a member of a radical movement in Kazakhstan. The Prosecution has officially classified the incident as a terrorist attack.

The suicide blast and shootout happened in Kazakhstan's southern city of Taraz on Saturday. Seven people, including five policemen were killed. Officials said a robber raided a weapons store, killing a security guard in the process, before trying to make an escape in a car. Several policemen were shot dead in the subsequent pursuit. When police eventually tried to arrest him the man blew himself up.That blast claimed more victims. It comes just two weeks after twin explosions in another Kazakh city,  Atyrau, for which an Islamic militant group claimed responsibility. Minutes after a bomb planted in a refuse bin on a street  went off, a  man  killed  himself  in an apparent  suicide  bombing  near  an apartment building. Both incidents have been qualified as acts of terrorism. The same  day  the Jund  al-Khilafah  (Soldiers of  the  Caliphate) militant  group  posted  a  statement  on  the  Internet  claiming responsibility for  both  attacks,  and on  November  9th  the  Prosecutor General's Office  announced  that investigators  had  obtained  evidence confirming that the group had been behind the two bombings.