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Kyrgyzstan Arrests Alleged Terrorist Group Member From Kazakhstan

Kyrgyz authorities say they have arrested a Kazakh citizen suspected of being an active member of an international terrorist group.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on September 7 that 38-year-old Shamo Mamedov was placed in pretrial detention on suspicion of organizing the transfer of Kyrgyz citizens to Syria, where they joined Islamic militants.

According to the UKMK, Mamedov was waiting for instructions from an unnamed international terrorist group to carry out additional activities.

Authorities in both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan say hundreds of their citizens have joined militants of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq in recent years.

Based on reporting by and Interfax