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Group Of Islamists Sentenced In Kazakhstan

Officials say a court in the Qostanai region in Kazakhstan's north has sentenced a group of radical Islamists to prison terms of between three and six years.

Officials said the court in the regional capital, Qostanai, found the alleged leader and three members of the group guilty on August 10 of forming and leading an organized criminal group, fraud, forging documents for border crossing, as well as illegal recruiting and sending Kazakh nationals to Afghanistan and Pakistan to take part "in combat actions."

The group went on trial on July 9.

Based on reporting by and Interfax