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    Kazakhstan's Almaty Attack Toll Rises as 2 Police Officers Die in Hospital

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    The death toll of the July 18 deadly shooting in southern Kazakhstan has increased to eight after two police officers attacked on the day died in hospital from gunshot wounds, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) — On July 18, an armed man, later named as Ruslan Kulekbayev, attacked police officers in Kazakhstan's southern city and former capital of Almaty. Kulekbayev killed six people, injured six police officers and two civilians outside a police building. The 26 year old assailant was placed in custody for two months during pre-trial investigation. The attack was described by the country's president as a terrorist act.

    "Two police officers, who received gunshot wounds while resisting the illegal actions of citizen Kulekbayev, have died in the critical care unit of the Almaty emergency hospital. Doctors have fought for their life until the last moment. Unfortunately, the wounds were serious," the Interior Ministry's Almaty department said in a statement.

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