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Two Kazakh Police Officers, Wounded In Almaty Assault, Die


ALMATY -- Kazakh officials say two police officers have died after sustaining gunshot wounds in an attack last month.

Almaty police said on August 1 that Serik Abildaev and Meirambek Rakhmatullaev died in hospital, bringing to eight the death toll of multiple attacks 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.

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 police.

With reporting by Interfax
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