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Another Kazakh Police Officer Wounded In Almaty Assault Dies


ALMATY -- Kazakh officials say a police officer has died after sustaining gunshot wounds in an attack last month.

Almaty police officials say traffic police officer Zhalghas Keldibaev died in hospital on August 11, bringing to nine the death toll from multiple attacks last month in Kazakhstan's commercial capital that President Nursultan Nazarbaev described as a "terrorist act."

On July 18, a 26-year-old Almaty resident, Ruslan Kulekbaev, opened fire at the offices of the Almaty police department and National Security Committee, killing six people, including a retired police officer, a border-guard officer, and four police officers.

Two more police officers wounded in the attacks died in hospital later on August 1.

Kulekbaev was arrested and charged with terrorism, murder, and attempted murder.

Officials have said Kulekbaev, who served time in jail in the past, was a lone terrorist whose actions were motivated by hatred toward the police.

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