Kazakh security forces killed six men suspected of involvement in the murder of a police officer two days ago, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.
The suspects, who were tracked to an apartment in the Ahsel Kent residential district in Almaty, refused to surrender and opened fire on a special-forces unit, the office, based in the Kazakh capital, Astana, said in an e-mailed statement today. All six men were killed with return fire from the police and no one else was injured in the operation, according to the statement.
Sappers were sweeping apartments in the area in western Almaty, the country’s commercial capital, after a shootout, during which as many as 30 explosions were heard, an eyewitness was cited as saying earlier by the Interfax news service. Saltanat Azirbek, a spokeswoman for Almaty police, wasn’t available to comment when Bloomberg News called.
Prosecutors said the suspects were linked to an attack on a patrol car on July 28 that left one police officer dead and wounded another, with the assailants seizing their weapons. The men first met in prison and were planning a robbery on the day of the attack before being stopped for a document check, according to the statement.
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