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Kyrgyz Officials Say Noted Theologian Attacked By IS Supporters

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz officials say a well-known theologian has been attacked by supporters of the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization.

Kadyr Malikov, the director of Religion, Law and Politics analytical center in Bishkek, survived a stabbing attack near his house late on November 26.

Kyrgyz Interior Ministry spokesman Bakyt Seitov told RFE/RL on November 30 that two Kyrgyz men suspected in the attack had been detained in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, not far from the Syrian border.

Earlier on November 30, a spokesman of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security, Rakhat Sulaimanov, told RFE/RL that two other Kyrgyz men suspected of involvement in the attack had been detained in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz authorities have said that hundreds of Kyrgyz nationals are fighting alongside IS militants and other extremist Islamic groups' fighters in Syria and Iraq.