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ASTANA -- Kazakh authorities say that one officer was killed and three wounded in clashes overnight with an armed group in the west of the country, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

A Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman in western Aktobe province said that nine of the armed assailants also died in the clash, which took place in Temir district.

The clash occured as Kazakh Interior Ministry special forces continue an operation to rid the area of armed fighters.

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