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Kazakhstan: Three police and civilian killed in Almaty gun attack

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Gunmen have killed three policemen and a member of the public in Kazakhstan's commercial capital, Almaty, officials say, reports BBC.

One attacker, 27, has been captured but an accomplice is still at large, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The government has raised the terror threat level but not said who was behind the attack.

Oil-rich Kazakhstan has recently seen rare protests and violent acts by people angry at proposed land reforms.

Two gunmen attacked a police station in central Almaty, killing the three police officers in an exchange of fire, police said.
As they fled the scene, one of the gunmen shot and killed a local resident before hijacking his car.

Kazakh authorities said two police officers had also been wounded in the attack and identified the detained gunman as a former convict wanted for the murder of a woman earlier this month.

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