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Gang suspects in Kazakhstan killed in gunfight

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Prosecutors in Kazahkstan say police have killed two men in a gang involved in the deadly shooting earlier this week of a law enforcement officer.

An official statement said government forces surrounded the three-man group Saturday in a house in the western city of Aktobe.

The statement said two were killed and one captured in a gunfight that ensued after the men refused to give themselves up. No police were killed.

Prosecutors offered no specific details on the group’s affiliations.

Aktobe was the site last July of a shootout between suspected Islamist extremists that left nine militants and four police officers dead.

This former Soviet nation has been largely untroubled by Islamist-related violence, but last year saw an anomalous spike in attacks that authorities tied to radical organizations.

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