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Kyrgyzstan Jails Four Alleged Islamic State Members

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

A court in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh has jailed four men after convicting them of membership in the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

The State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on September 29 that two Kyrgyz nationals and two Uzbek citizens, all in their 20s, were sentenced to prison terms of between 10 and 18 years.

The four men, whose names were not disclosed, were found guilty of planning a series of terrorist attacks in Kyrgyzstan.

All four were recruited by the IS group via the Internet while they were working as migrant workers abroad, the UKMK said.

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian states say hundreds of their citizens have joined IS militants in Syria and Iraq in recent years.