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Two Islamic State Recruiters Jailed In Kazakhstan

A court in Kazakhstan's central city of Qaraghandy has jailed two locals on terrorism charges.

On May 13, the Qaraghandy Region's Specialized Inter-District Court found Valery Khadykin and Quanysh Zhumaghaliev guilty of propagating terrorism, inciting religious discord, and recruiting militants for the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.

Khadykin, who is a Russian convert to Islam, was sentenced to 8 years and Zhumaghaliev to 5 years and three months on the same day.

Investigators said the two were uploading material on the Internet calling "real Muslims to join jihad in Syria."

Kazakh authorities have said that hundreds of the Central Asian state's citizens are fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Based on reporting by and Interfax