A large explosion has hit in the southern Kazakhstan city of Taraz, close to government buildings. Although the cause of the explosions is not yet clear, the country has recently been targeted by Islamic militant groups.
The explosion occurred in the centre of Taraz, which has now been cordoned off. Buildings have been heavily damaged and at least three people are reported to have been killed, with more possibly trapped in the rubble.
Suspected Islamic militants attacked the western Kazakh city of Atyrau in October, though in general the oil-rich country has not been targeted to the same extent as some of its former Soviet neighbours.