Islamic militants disguised themselves as street cleaners to carry out two bomb blasts last month in Atyrau, the capital of Kazakhstan’s biggest oil- producing region, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.
The explosions near buildings housing local prosecutors and the city’s mayor were part of “an action plan to frighten law- enforcement and other state officials,” the Astana-based office said in a statement on its website today. The attackers dressed in the uniform of communal-service employees while planting the bombs, according to the statement.
Prosecutors confirmed that an armed offshoot of the Jund al-Khilafah group trained the four men behind the blasts. One of them died when a bomb he was carrying exploded prematurely.
Kazakhstan, a predominantly Muslim former Soviet republic that borders Russia and China, has seen an upsurge of attacks in its oil-rich regions. The authorities detained 18 suspects and killed one for resisting arrest Aug. 29.
Ten Muslim militants in the Aktobe region were shot dead after killing a member of a police special-forces unit, the Vremya newspaper reported July 14. Three policemen were killed in a separate July attack in the region, the newspaper said.
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