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AQTOBE, Kazakhstan -- Police in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe have killed a murder suspect while trying to detain him and his associates, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Aqtobe Interior Ministry department spokesman Almat Imanghaliev told journalists that three local men suspected of involvement in the killing of a 22-year-old local man on July 10 were arrested on July 25 by members of the Arlan special police unit.

Imanghaliev said the fourth suspect refused to surrender and opened fire on police, who fired back and killed the suspect.

The Aqtobe regional prosecutor ruled on July 26 that the police were justified in opening fire on the suspect.

Residents of nearby buildings were evacuated during the operation to apprehend the suspects, which lasted for several hours.

Imanghaliev did not clarify the motive for the murder, which is being investigated.

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