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Attackers killed three people at a military base and two gun shops in the Kazakh city of Aktobe - Mass Media
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The 2016 Aktobe Shootings were a spate of three attacks on civilian and military targets in Aktobe, Kazakhstan on 5 June 2016.

According to Astana Times, six people, including two Kazakh soldiers, one shop assistant and three attackers, were killed and 11 were wounded in today’s multiple shootings, authorities announced.

Two of the attacks were were aimed at gun stores, while a third attack was aimed at a military unit. The shootings left 6 victims dead and at least nine soldiers injured. Four attackers were killed, seven were arrested, and five are believed to be on the run. Islamic State claimed responsibility shortly after the attacks.

Despite the fact that Kazakhstan is usually peaceful, the recent plunge in petroleum prices, Kazakhstan's main export, has threatened stability in the country as was evidenced by a number of protests in April and May of 2016.

The group that committed the attacks, which numbered at least sixteen, first robbed two gun shops early on 5 June, killing a guard and clerk at one shop and killed a customer at the other.

They also wounded three policemen before three of the attackers were killed.

The surviving attackers then hijacked a bus and rammed open a gate to a national guard base where they killed three servicemen and wounded nine before one attacker was killed.

Seven attackers were arrested and several more are still believed to be on the loose.

The region's government has launched anti-terrorist raid on Sunday. The authorities shut down the entire public transport network, shopping centers and entertainment venues in the city.

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