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Kazakhstan Says 18 Terrorist Suspects Detained

The head of the prosecutor's office in Kazakhstan's western Atyrau say police in the area have detained 18 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks.

Seyfulla Kemalov told a press briefing on August 31 that law enforcement "had every reason" to suspect the 18 and apprehend them.

Kemalov did not provide any details about the planned terrorist acts but did mention the killing of a suspected terrorist on August 29 and said a search of that person's home uncovered materials for making explosives.

Kemalov said all 18 of the men detained were from the Atyrau region, which has seen a suicide bombing earlier this year and shoot-outs between security forces and suspected militants.

compiled from agency reports

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