Kazakhstan kills 5 suspects in Aktobe attacks

By Agence France-Presse and Staff

ASTANA -- Kazakhstan's security services said they killed five alleged attackers June 10 suspected of launching bloody assaults on a military base and gun shops at the weekend.

The ex-Soviet country's National Security Committee (KNB) said special forces killed four terror suspects in a flat in Aktobe in the west of the country, which was shaken by the lethal attacks June 5.

An "accomplice of the terrorists" was also killed after opening fire on police with a shotgun, the KNB said in a statement, adding that two police officers suffered "light injuries" during the operation.

The deaths bring the total number of alleged attackers the government claims to have killed to 18 since armed raids on two firearms shops killed three civilians and an attempt to storm a military base left three soldiers dead.

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