Kazakh Probe Launched Into 'Arson' Attack On Syrian Consulate In Almaty

July 17, 2012
Police in Almaty say a probe has been launched into suspected arson after a fire devastated the Syrian consulate in Kazakhstan's biggest city.
A report from the private Kazakh KTK television channel said the second and third floors of the building, which housed the Syrian consulate and its documents, were destroyed in the blaze early on July 17.
The Syrian consul in Almaty, Samir Derekh, said in an interview with KTK that the fire was most likely caused by supporters of "radical religious groups" who threw Molotov cocktails at Syria's only diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan.
Police declined to confirm that the building was firebombed, but said investigators are probing a suspected "premeditated arson attack."
The blaze comes with Syria in turmoil over the deadly conflict between the government and opposition supporters.
Based on reporting by AFP, Interfax, and KTK