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Uzbekistan Identifies Alleged Uyghur Terrorist

Uyghurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang (file photo) (epa) PRAGUE, May 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbek authorities say they have proven that a man detained in March is a Uyghur terrorist wanted by both China and Kyrgyzstan.

He was arrested carrying documents identifying him as Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen.

However, the Interpol National Central Bureau in Tashkent says they now have proof that he is Guler Dilaver, an ethnic Uyghur with Turkish citizenship.

Kyrgyzstan wants Dilaver for the March 2000 slaying of Nigmat Baizakov, the head of the Uyghur Society in Kyrgyzstan.

China wants him for a May 2000 attack on a state delegation in China's western Xingjiang Province.

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