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U.S. Embassy Says Peace Corps To Pull Out Of Kazakhstan

November 18, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan has confirmed that volunteers from the group Peace Corps will leave Kazakhstan due to safety concerns.

U.S. officials said the Peace Corps would release a statement giving its reasons for the withdrawal of its personnel from that country, which has seen a worsening security situation in the form of deadly bombings in October and November.

A double bombing in the western city of Atyrau on October 31 and a terrorist attack in the southern city of Taraz on November 12 killed seven people.

The Peace Corps, a U.S. agency established in 1961, has 121 volunteers currently working in Kazakshtan.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/us_embassy_says_peace_corps_to_withdraw_from_kazakhstan_safety/24395113.html

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