The TAN television station's administrative director, Yelena Ilyichevskaya, told RFE/RL that TAN journalist Nurbol Kyzykbaev was attacked at around 1900 near the company's office. She said the attackers ran away after Kyzykbaev's office colleagues heard him scream and rushed to help him.
Ilyichevskaya said she does not know the motive for the attack. She said it might have been an attempted robbery and not connected to Kyzykbaev's professional activities.
Ilyichevskaya said Kyzykbaev, 23, suffered minor bruises and abrasions and has returned to work. Police are investigating the incident.
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