This aerial view taken on July 14, 2016 shows the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Two 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.Nazarbayev said the attacks had been orchestrated "from abroad" and carried out by "followers of the non-traditional religious movement Salafism," referring to an ultra-conservative brand of Sunni Islam.The motives for Monday's attack remain murky.While police have not yet explicitly linked the main suspect in Monday's attack to any extremist groups, the country's security chief has suggested he might have formed ties with followers of an ultra-conservative strain of Islam during stints in jail.Commentators have been cautious in connecting the two recent attacks directly. Erlan Karin, director of the government-linked Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, told AFP that similarities between the two attacks suggested Monday's assault might have been inspired by the bloodshed in Aktobe.
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