Four members of a radical group that was plotting a string of terrorist attacks were detained in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, the press service of the Kazakh National Security Committee said.
"The components for making improvised explosive devices and extremist religious materials, which they had kept at their residences...have been seized from the detained members of the group, which includes Kazakh and Kyrgyz nationals," the committee announced on August 22.
The committee said it foiled plans by the militants to target the committee's own employees and offices, as well as police detachments and military units.
The militants, who were not identified, also planned a second stage of attacks on crowded venues, it said.
Authorities are still investigating the suspects and will report further developments, the committee said.