At least six people are understood to have been killed, and a further eight wounded, following a series of attacks by suspected Islamist militants, in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
At least six people have been killed and eight wounded in attacks on police by suspected Islamist militants in Almaty on Monday, a source at the Kazakh city’s emergency aid hospital told Reuters.
The source said there were four policemen and one civilian among the dead, as well as one suspected attacker. The Interior Ministry had earlier put the death toll at four, including three policemen.
The city has announced a red level anti-terror alert, which means that the level of danger in the city is critical. It is the most severe level of anti-terror alert, and is only enacted when authorities know that a terrorist act has been committed, and there is the possibility of further attacks.
An anti-terror operation is also understood to be underway in the city, the local interior ministry has said, with key government buildings being put into lockdown and citizens being asked to remain indoors.
Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city, and the country’s commercial capital, located in the far south of the nation.