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Kazakhstan: Aktobe Attacks: Immediate Impact and Longer-Term Implications

The Kazakh government was caught off guard by the terrorist attacks in Aktobe on 5 June, taking several days to provide an official version of the events. President Nursultan Nazarbayev called the attack an attempted coup that was encouraged from abroad and carried out by religious extremists. At the same time, the National Security Committee (KNB) accused Tokhtar Tuleshov, a businessman and the owner of a large brewery in Shymkent, of plotting a coup by inciting domestic dissent, particularly over the recent land reform protests.

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