'Religious extremists' in deadly gun attacks in Kazakhstan
Armed men suspected of being religious extremists went on the rampage in a town in Kazakhstan on Sunday, killing two soldiers and a civilian, the interior ministry said.
Police were clearing people from shopping malls and markets in the western town of Aktobe after the attacks on weapons stores, a military base and a police station.
A civilian shop owner and two soldiers at the base were shot dead, and three gunmen were also killed in a shootout with police in the Central Asian country.
Local media reports suggested that there were between 20 to 30 gunman engaged in the shootout.
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"Several criminals have been blocked in, and some were able to flee," he said, adding that the attackers were suspected religious radicals.
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Local newspaper Diapazon said the gunmen, in their mid to late 20s, also attacked a police station in the city.
Police closed off the entire neighborhood and were evacuating people from shopping malls and markets.
Aktobe is a city of about 400,000 in western Kazakhstan, about 60
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