There are ongoing clashes between police and an armed group in Kazakhstan's Aktobe region, in the west of the country, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
The police operation against the group was launched after attackers killed two police officers in Shubarshi village.
A spokesman for the regional interior department in Aktobe,
Almat Imangaliev, confirmed the operation at a press conference, where he told reporters that it is not known if the attackers are members of a Muslim extremist group.
RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports that in recent years, several Muslim minorities have been imprisoned in Aktobe region for what were described as "terrorist activities."