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Suspects Detained In Attack On Kazakh Journalist

Lukpan Akhmedyarov (file photo)
Lukpan Akhmedyarov (file photo)
A court in Kazakhstan’s western city of Oral has approved the 10-day detention of two men to investigation their possible involvement in an attack that left a well-known journalist hospitalized.

The two men, both 20 years old, were arrested May 6.

Lukpan Akhmedyarov, a correspondent for the "Uralskaya nedelya" weekly in Oral, was stabbed and shot with a pneumatic pistol on April 19.

Kazakh authorities have said additional suspects may have been involved in the attack and that the investigation is continuing.

Akhmedyarov said he believes the attack was a reaction to some of his journalistic work.

International organizations and rights groups have condemned the attack on Akhmedyarov, who was known for his critical reporting on Kazakh authorities, and called for a thorough investigation.

Based on reporting by KazTAG and Interfax

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