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Arsonists Attack Kazakh Opposition Office

26 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- An arson attack last night destroyed a campaign support office of a leading Kazakh opposition presidential candidate, Zharmakhan Tuyakbai of the For a Fair Kazakhstan bloc, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

Party officials say the attack late last night destroyed a support office in the northern town of Kostanai. Computers and other equipment were lost in the blaze. No one was hurt.

Police say the arsonist climbed onto the building's roof and used Molotov cocktails to set the blaze before running away.

The incident comes as Kazakhstan prepares for a 4 December presidential election. Tuyakbai, a former parliament speaker, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev are considered to be the leading candidates.

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