Police in Kazakhstan have opened an investigation into the death of 13 people at a remote military outpost near the border with China.
By James Kilner, Central Asia correspondent
2:31PM BST 31 May 2012
Media quoted Colonel Turganbek Stambekov, first deputy chief of the Kazakh border guard service, as saying that the charred remains of 12 soldiers and one hunter had been found at the outpost.
The outpost, though, can house 15 soldiers, local media said, although Colonel Stambekov didn’t say whether the security services were looking for three missing soldiers.
He also said the cause of the fire, and whether it was deliberate or accidental, was still unknown.
Former Soviet Kazakhstan shares a long border with China. The outpost where the bodies were found was located in the sparsely populated and mountainous southeast of the country.