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Kyrgyz police on high alert after armed attack in neighboring Kazakhstan

June 06, 2016, 23:58 UTC+3 BISHKEK

On Sunday, June 5, a group of followers of radical non-traditional religious movements committed a series of attacks on arms shops and a National Guard unit in Aktoba (former Aktyubinsk)

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BISHKEK, June 6. /TASS/. The Interior Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has put police on high alert in connection with a growing activity of terrorist organizations in the Aktyubinsk region of neighboring Kazakhstan, the ministry’s press service said on Monday.

It said the measures were taken amid a growing activity "of terrorist and extremist organizations on the territory of Aktyubinsk region in the Republic of Kazakhstan, resulting in an armed attack on military and guarded facilities with the seizure of hostages in which people were wounded and killed". Under the order, police are put on high alert from June 6, 2016.

The Interior Ministry noted that a need to boost security came also in connection with preparations for and holding of a next session of the CIS Heads of Government Council, due in Bishkek on Tuesday, June 7.

On Sunday, June 5, a group of "followers of radical non-traditional religious movements" committed a series of attacks on arms shops and a National Guard unit in Aktoba (former Aktyubinsk)," the Kazakh Interior Ministry reported. "Six people were killed, including three servicemen. Ten people were wounded. Seven attackers were detained and four were killed. The police are after the rest," it said on Sunday.

A counter-terrorism regime has been imposed in the region. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev personally controls the situation in Aktoba.

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