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    Suspected Almaty Shooter Served Time, Had Ties With Salafists - Official

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    The detained suspect in the shooting of police officers in the southern Kazakh city of Almaty served time in prison where he maintained ties with members of the Salafi-jihadist movement, chair of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee said Monday.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) – Zhumakanov said the suspect, a married native of the Kyzylorda region who sold cellphones in Almaty region, was sentenced in 2010 for violent robbery and in 2012 for illegal possession of firearms.

    “[He] became friends with Salafis in colony,” Vladimir Zhumakanov said at an emergency security council session following an early Monday shooting that President Nursultan Nazarbayev classified as a terrorist act.

    According to latest reports, the level of terrorist threat in Kazakstan's largest city has been lowered from "red" to "yellow."

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