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Kazakhstan's Alarming Bombings

Two bomb attacks appeared to have targeted Kazakh national-security facilities within the span of a week. The first, in which a suspected suicide bomber was the only casualty, struck in the western Kazakh town of Aktobe on May 17. It was thought to be the first-ever such attack in Kazakhstan. The second occurred when an explosive destroyed a car and the two men inside outside a National Security Committee detention center in the capital, Astana, on May 24.

Police guard the streets around the site of a suicide attack in Aqtobe on May 17, which killed only the bomber but appeared to target a national security-forces facility.
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Police guard the streets around the site of a suicide attack in Aqtobe on May 17, which killed only the bomber but appeared to target a national security-forces facility.

A view from above street level of the leafy area around the security facility (roof at left) apparently targeted in the May 17 attack.
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A view from above street level of the leafy area around the security facility (roof at left) apparently targeted in the May 17 attack.

An undated photo of Rahimjan Makhatov, showing him in the company of a friend during his studies at university. Makhtatov is blamed for the suicide attack on a local branch of the National Security Committee on May 17.
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An undated photo of Rahimjan Makhatov, showing him in the company of a friend during his studies at university. Makhtatov is blamed for the suicide attack on a local branch of the National Security Committee on May 17.

The family home where Rahimjan Makhatov grew up in Aqtobe, in a southwestern district of Kazakhstan.
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The family home where Rahimjan Makhatov grew up in Aqtobe, in a southwestern district of Kazakhstan.

Family and acquaintances carry alleged suicide bomber Rahimjan Makhatov's remains, wrapped in a carpet, to prepare them for burial in his hometown of Aqtobe.
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Family and acquaintances carry alleged suicide bomber Rahimjan Makhatov's remains, wrapped in a carpet, to prepare them for burial in his hometown of Aqtobe.

Locals in the garden of Makhatov's family home light a fire to cook a dish to be served at his funeral on May 20.
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Locals in the garden of Makhatov's family home light a fire to cook a dish to be served at his funeral on May 20.

A gate of the National Security Committee detention facility outside of which an "unshelled explosive" in a car killed two unidentified men on May 24.
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A gate of the National Security Committee detention facility outside of which an "unshelled explosive" in a car killed two unidentified men on May 24.

Shattered glass and blood on the ground at the scene of the explosion outside the detention facility in Astana on May 24, when two men are thought to have died.
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Shattered glass and blood on the ground at the scene of the explosion outside the detention facility in Astana on May 24, when two men are thought to have died.

A police cordon in front of a slightly damaged home across the street in Astana from the blast on May 24.
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A police cordon in front of a slightly damaged home across the street in Astana from the blast on May 24.

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