Atleast 10 people have been killed in the western Kazakh city of Aktob. If was I nstigated by a group of religious extremists.
Interior Ministry spokesman Almas Sadubayev was reported saying that a group of gunmen raised a gun shop, killing a security guard and salesperson.
The three responding police officers received gunshot wounds after a shootout.
During a raid on another gun store later in the day, a customer was killed, Sadubayev told Vlast.kz.
The terrorists then took over a bus and rammed the gates of a nearby military base.
“Having got into the grounds [of the base], they opened fire indiscriminately, killing three and wounding six servicemen,” he said.
Police responded to the attack at the military base.
“During the antiterrorist operation in Aktobe, four criminals were killed, seven were detained — two of them were injured,” Sadubayev said.
Kazakh authorities have been careful not to name the terrorists as religious extremists.
“For some time on the territory of Aktobe Region’s Temir District an organized criminal group has been operating which, using religious ideas as a cover, was engaged in theft from a pipeline near the villages of Shubarshi and Kenkiyak, and also committed other crimes of a mercenary and violent nature,” Aktobe Region police spokesman Almat Imangaliyev explained at the time.