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Man Arrested In Killing Of Striking Kazakh Oil Worker's Daughter

ASTANA -- The Kazakh Interior Ministry has announced it has detained a man suspected of involvement in the killing of a striking oil worker's daughter, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Zhansaule Qarabalaeva, 18, the daughter of independent labor union activist Zhaqsylyq Qarabalaev, was found dead with a fractured skull on the outskirts of the town of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan's western Manghystau region in August.

The Kazakh Interior Ministry identified the suspect as a local man, aged 24, who is married to one of Qarabalaeva's friends. It did not give his name. It said he was arrested on November 2.

On November 1, police in Manghystau informed journalists that a 28-year-old man had been arrested as a suspect in the killing of striking oil worker Zhaqsylyq Turbaev. The suspect's name was not made public.

Turbaev, 28, was found dead in Zhanaozen on August 3 with injuries to his body.

Thousands of workers at the Qarazhanbasmunai and OzenMunaiGaz companies in Manghystau have been on strike since May.

They are demanding a wage increase, equal rights with foreign workers, and the lifting of restrictions on the activities of independent labor unions in the region.

The striking oil workers say they are convinced that the killings of Qarabalaeva and Turbaev are related to the strike.

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