Kazakh President blames attacks on radical islamists

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, pictured on March 31, 2016, suggested attacks in the city of Aktobe might be linked to political unrest that has swept the country in recent monthsKazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday blamed radical islamists for deadly shootings that left seven dead in the west of the oil-rich Central Asian state. “We already know that it was a terrorist attack by a group of followers of the non-traditional religious movement Salafism,” Nazarbayev said in a televised meeting with the country’s security council, referring to an ultra-conservative brand of Islam. Nazarbayev’s comments came hours after security forces killed five more people suspected of perpetrating Sunday’s attacks.

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