12:22 Jul. 18, 2016
City authorities introduce highest alert level, launch anti-terrorist operation
UPDATE: The death toll in Almaty (Kazakhstan) following the police station attack increased to at least six people.
It is reported by Reuters, citing a source in the hospital.
According to the hospital officiala, at least six people were killed and eight were wounded in the attack. Among those killed are four policemen and one civilian and one of the suspects.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev called the shootings in the commercial capital Almaty a terrorist act and the terror threat level has been raised.
STORY: Four people, including three policemen and one civilian, have been killed in a gunfight following an attack on a police station in Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty, according to the country's interior ministry, BBC reports.
The ministry says one of the attackers has been detained, while the other is at large.
Задержание предполагаемого участника атаки на полицейских в алматы pic.twitter.com/1wYXV9LJ8q— Михаил Козачков (@koza4koff) July 18, 2016
The local media outlets report at least seven policemen have been severely wounded.
В больницы Алматы поступают раненые полицейские. По рассказам очевидцев, нападавшие стреляют только по силовикам pic.twitter.com/8eI6ZSBPAC— Михаил Козачков (@koza4koff) July 18, 2016
Очевидцы присылают видео с места гибели полицейских в Алматы pic.twitter.com/Uy01jvTva3— Михаил Козачков (@koza4koff) July 18, 2016
An anti-terrorist operation has been launched in the city, as the authorities introduced the highest 'red' alert.
The areas near the police headquarters, as well as the railway station building, have been blocked off by police.
Photo source: tengrinews.kz
The residents have been asked not to leave their apartments and avoid public places, as well as inform police of any suspicious people.
The videos posted on social media show the aftermath of the deadly shooting.
Six people, including two Kazakh soldiers, one shop assistant and three attackers, were killed and 11 were wounded in June 5 multiple shootings in the city of Aktobe in the west of Kazakhstan.