9th person dies from July 18 Almaty terrorist attack

By Dzhumaguly Annayev and Staff

ALMATY -- An Almaty police officer died in a local hospital August 11, bringing the number of dead in a July 18 Almaty terrorist attack to nine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, quoting police.

Two other wounded police officers died August 1.

Authorities accuse Ruslan Kulekbayev of gunning down the nine individuals, including seven police officers, in an attack on an Almaty police station and National Security Committee (KNB) office. A retired police officer and a border guard were killed too.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstani authorities recently stopped a Turkmen woman from bringing a large amount of hard currency out of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstani media reported August 10.

The arrest took place at the Temir Baba check-point on the Kazakhstani-Turkmen border. A search of the woman's belongings turned up US $27,900 (9.7m KZT) that she had failed to declare, media reported.

Authorities in Kazakhstan are holding her for further investigation.

Dollars and euros have become coveted on the Turkmen black market since Turkmen authorities barred the sale of hard currency at state-owned currency exchanges effective in January.

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