A police officer wraps up police tape at a street in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Suspected extremist militants killed at least four policemen and one civilian in Kazakhstan's financial capital Almaty Monday, security and hospital sources said, the second attack on the security services in less than two months.The attackers targeted a district police station and an office of the KNB state security service. Last month, men the authorities said were Islamic State sympathizers attacked gun stores and a military facility, killing seven.Nazarbayev said the security services were working to identify Monday's attackers, but one security source told Reuters the authorities believed they were Islamist militants.The Interior Ministry said one attacker shot a policeman guarding a police station and then took his automatic rifle.However, a source at Almaty's emergency aid hospital told Reuters it had taken in six dead, including four policemen, one civilian and one suspected attacker.
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