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Explosion in Astana is not a terrorist act: Interior Ministry

24 may 2011, 18:52
Investigation ©Maksim Popov
Investigation ©Maksim Popov
Commenting the today’s explosion of a car near a pretrial detention facility in Astana, the Interior Ministry of Astana refuted rumors that suspects in the recent suicide-bomber explosion in Aktobe were moved to the Astana detention facility several days ago, Tengrinews.kz reports citing head of Astana Interior Ministry Department’s press-service Nurdilda Oraz.

Head of the Department Kalmukhambet Kasymov confirmed that the explosion in Astana that claimed two lives was not a terrorist act.

Two men were inside the red Audi when it exploded. The police is now investigating into their ties with religious or extremist organizations.

“So far we have found no links between the men and any such organizations. These citizens are common people, we’ve spoken with their family members and neighbors. These are no links," he said.

The blast came just a week after a suicide bombing outside the headquarters of the security service in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aktobe, which wounded three people including a member of the security services, AFP writes in connection with the explosion.

Such attacks had until now been rare in Kazakhstan, the most stable and prosperous of the Central Asian republics, whose vast mineral wealth has been overseen since the Soviet era by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The country's parliament recently passed a draft law allowing Kazakh servicemen to join the international coalition in Afghanistan.

A top US embassy official in Astana said Monday that the move should not directly threaten Kazakh security, but warned of the continuing dangers posed by the Taliban.

"I think that all countries that participate in the anti-terrorist struggle, whether they are directly involved in Afghanistan or not, are at some risk," US Charge d'Affaires John Ordway said in comments released by the embassy.

"And frankly, Kazakhstan and Central Asia face a much bigger threat from the Taliban than even the United States does," he said.

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