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Funeral Held For Kazakhstan's First Suicide-Bomber


Rakhimzhan Makhatov, who blew himself up in the Kazakh city of Aqtobe on May 17.

Rakhimzhan Makhatov, who blew himself up in the Kazakh city of Aqtobe on May 17.

AQTOBE, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's first-ever suicide bomber has been buried in his native northwesterm city of Aqtobe, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Rakhimzhan Makhatov, 25, blew himself up at the entrance to the Aqtobe branch of the National Security Committee (KNB) on May 17. Three people -- two KNB employees and a businessman -- were injured in the blast.

Local authorities arrested Makhatov's wife, Meiramgul Makhatova, after the incident.

KNB officials announced on May 19 that Makhatov and his wife were members of an extremist Islamic group.

About a dozen people, mainly relatives, attended Makhatov's burial on May 20, RFE/RL reports.

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