Suspected Islamist Militant Kills Five in Kazakhstan

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Jul 18, 2016 12:32 PM
Suspected Islamist Militant Kills Five in Kazakhstan
A gunman killed three police officers and two civilians Monday morning in Kazakhstan at a police station in central Almaty, reports the BBC. President Nursultan Nazarbayev is calling it an Islamic attack.

Suspect Ruslan Kulikbayev, 26, became close to Salafists - ultra-conservative Muslims - when serving a prison sentence, security officials said.

He was the only person detained after the attack. The interior ministry initially said an accomplice was still at large but officials have since said they believe the shootings were the work of just one person.

The death toll, authorities say, may be as high as six.