Oil-rich Kazakhstan shaken by attacks

The streets of Almaty normally teem with people enjoying the fruits of years of oil-fuelled economic boom, but an attack by gunmen on a police station shattered the peaceTwo multiple-target attacks in as many months have shaken Kazakhstan’s reputation for stability and led to fears that home-grown radicalism could be on the rise in the ex-Soviet republic. On any given evening the trendy cafes lining the leafy boulevards of economic hub Almaty teem with chatting students, creative types and business people enjoying the fruits of years of oil-fuelled economic boom. On June 5, four civilians and three soldiers were killed in the western city of Aktobe when assailants attacked gun shops and tried to storm a military base in a bus they had hijacked.

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