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Putin: Russia ready to boost cooperation with Kazakhstan in combating terrorism

June 09, 16:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev on loss of life in the Aktobe terrorist attack and confirmed readiness to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

"Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Kazakh servicemen and civilians of your country in a terrorist attack in the city of Aktobe," says the president’s condolence statement posted on the Kremlin’s website.

According to the Russian president, "the incident proves once again that terrorism knows no boundaries and poses a real threat to all countries and peoples of the world." "It is only possible to conquer this evil by joint efforts of the world community," he noted.

Putin confirmed that "Russia is ready to further boost partnership cooperation with Kazakhstan in the fight against terrorism."

The Russian president offered his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the people who were wounded in the attack.

On June 5, a group of criminals attacked gun shops and a National Guard unit in Aktobe, a city located 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Russia’s border. Six people were killed in the attack, including three troops.

According to Kazakhstan’s Healthcare and Social Development Ministry, 38 people sought medical assistance with injuries of varying severity. According to the Interior Ministry, 13 attackers were killed and 14 wounded. A search for six others is underway.

The regime of a counterterrorism operation has been put in place in the region. Moderate "yellow terror alert" has been declared by the country’s National Security Committee for all regions, which will be in effect for 40 days. The situation in Aktobe is under personal control of the country’s president. June 9 has been declared a day of national mourning in Kazakhstan.

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