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Two gunmen attacked a police station in central Almaty late Monday morning, killing three police officers in a gun battle. While fleeing from the police station, one of the gunmen shot and killed a local resident before hijacking his car, the police said.
The police said it has detained one suspect, identified as a 27-year-old former convict who was wanted for the murder of a woman. The other man remained at large.
The attack comes a month after 20 people were killed in the Kazakh city of Aktobe when groups of gunmen attacked a military base and a gun shop. Authorities in this Central Asian nation then described the violence as a terrorist attack and blamed it on radical Islamists.