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Kyrgyzstan Still Looking For Eight Terror Suspects


Keneshbek Dushebaev, the head of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security

Keneshbek Dushebaev, the head of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security

Keneshbek Dushebaev, the head of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security, has said that law enforcement agencies are still hunting for eight suspected terrorists after a security operation in the south of the country.

Kyrgyz security forces captured 10 suspected terrorists in an operation on October 8 and killed one more from the group when he seized a small bus and its passengers briefly.

Dushebaev also gave more information about the group, saying one of their goals was to create disorder in the southern city of Osh ahead of presidential elections set for late this month.

Dushebaev said security structures in "neighboring countries" had provided information about the group, identified by Kyrgyz authorities as members of the Islamic Jihad Union.

Dushebaev said among those detained there were ethnic Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Uyghurs, but he said the leader of the group was an ethnic Kyrgyz.

Dushebaev said several members of the group had undergone training in extremist camps "in the Afghan-Pakistan area."

compiled from agency reports
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