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Suicide bombing in Kazakhstan, two killed

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 14:48

Almaty: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the headquarters of the security services in the Kazakh capital Astana early Tuesday, killing two people, reports claimed on Tuesday.

A car with one or two people inside exploded outside the entrance to the headquarters at around 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and body parts of the passengers were blown out by the force of the blast, witnesses told the agency.

One witness showed the agency a video filmed on a mobile phone showing a headless body of a man lying around 10 metres (yards) from the centre of the explosion.

A press secretary for the KNB security services told the agency, however, that a car simply caught fire outside the entrance.

"A car just caught fire and blew up. Nothing special happened here. Any car can catch fire in any place," spokesman Kenzhebulat Beknazarov told the agency.

The blast came just days after a suicide bombing outside the headquarters of the security service in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aktobe on May 17, which wounded three people including a member of the security services.

Such attacks until now have been hugely rare in Kazakhstan, the most stable state in Central Asia which has been run since even before the fall of the Soviet Union by strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 14:48
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