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Kyrgyzstan Says Local IMU Leader Surrenders

(RFE/RL) BISHKEK, August 17, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service (SNB) said today that a wanted leader of the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) had surrendered to law enforcement agencies, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

SNB spokesman Nurbek Tokbaev told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that the man, who he identified only by his nickname of "Boss," gave himself up on August 15.

Tokbaev said "Boss," who was responsible for an underground IMU cell in the southern city of Ozgon (Uzgen), had been on the run since late March.

"On March 30, in line with a warrant issued by the Prosecutor-General's Office, we searched his home," Tokbaev said. "During the search, we found a sawn-off rifle, many rounds of live ammunition, and several audio- and videocassettes. Those cassettes showed how [Islamic] militants were being trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan. There was also a cassette with a message from [IMU leader] Tohir Yuldashev."

The independent Central Asian website reported that the suspect's real name is Jamaldin Abdrashitov and that he was allegedly involved in a July armed incident in the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad.

The website said that following the incident, Kyrgyz security officers detained and severely beat Abdrashitov's wife.

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