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Kazakh Man Sentenced In Aqtobe For Terrorist Activities

A court in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe has sentenced a man to eight years in jail after he was found guilty of participating in the activities of a terrorist group and illegal weapons and explosives possession.

According to the court officials, the man was a member of a radical Islamist group that had been involved in the killing of a police officer in July 2011.

The trial follows a number of incidents in Kazakhstan's western regions in recent months involving alleged religious extremists.

In May 2011, a resident of the northwestern city of Aqtobe carried out what was described as the first-ever suicide bombing in Kazakhstan, blowing himself up in the entrance to the National Security Committee's local branch. Three people were injured.

Based on reporting by KazTAG and Interfax