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Kyrgyz Security Chief Blames Terrorist Group For Recent Bombings

Kyrgyz National Security Committee head Duishebaev

Kyrgyz National Security Committee head Duishebaev

The chairman of Kyrgyzstan's state committee on national security, Keneshbek Duishebaev, said a group called "Zhayshul Mahdi" (Army of the Righteous Ruler) was responsible for a series of bombings in Bishkek, including one near a synagogue last autumn and one outside a sports complex, as well as a recent attempted bombing outside a Bishkek police station.

Duishebaev said the leader of the group, whom he identified as Sovetbek Islamov, was killed during a security operation.

Duishebaev said the group has 16 members: 15 Kyrgyz nationals and one Russian. He said of those, 11 are under arrest, two are dead and three are currently being sought.

Duishebaev showed journalists a videotape of one the defendants confessing to the bombings.

compiled from agency reports