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Nazarbayev Blames Terrorists for 15 Deaths at Kazakh Border

June 01, 2012

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev blamed terrorists for an attack at a guard station on the border with China that killed at least 15 people.

“I consider this a terrorist act,” Nazarbayev said in a statement today posted on his website. “It probably happened as a result of internal conflicts. But it’s still early to talk about it. The barracks for soldiers and the house for officers were burned down.”

Kazakhstan found two more bodies at the post today, the Border Guard, a unit of the KNB security service, said today. Fifteen have been confirmed as dead, including a civilian forest ranger.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the incident at the outpost in southwestern Kazakhstan. The guards frequently dealt with Chinese crossing the border to illegally gather medicinal herbs, Almaty-based Kaztag reported.

Officials said yesterday that 15 guards were posted to the station, meaning one more may be missing. The remains of the dead will be taken to the capital Astana for genetic identification, the KNB said today.

To contact the reporters on this story: Svetlana Antoncheva in Astana, Kazakhstan at; Scott Rose in Moscow at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at

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