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Kazakhstan Increases Intelligence Against Terrorism

10 September 2004 -- Kazakhstan is increasing measures to uncover possible terrorist threats in the country after recent attacks in Russia and Uzbekistan.

The deputy chief of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee, Vladimir Bozhko, told parliament today that agents are working to find people with what he called "terrorist intentions."

Bozhko also said security has been increased along the country's borders to intercept people involved in planned terrorist attacks.

And Bozhko said the security service is investigating claims made by the Uzbek government that some of the people who staged attacks in Tashkent in late July had trained at camps in southern Kazakhstan.

There have also been reports that Kazakhs were involved in the terrorist attack on a school in the Russian city of Beslan last week. And earlier this week, police in St. Petersburg detained several people identified as Kazakh who allegedly placed explosive material in a movie theater.