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Kyrgyzstan Detains Six Suspected Terrorists

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (SCNS) has announced an operation last week in the southern Osh Province led to six suspected terrorists being taken into custody and weapons and ammunition being seized.

The January 26 announcement from the SCNS press service said an operation was launched on October 20.

The press service said four of the six people detained had undergone training at "camps of international terrorist organizations in Syria."

The SNCS press service said the six men also carried out armed robberies.

A search of the suspects' homes uncovered an automatic weapon, more than 1,700 bullets for various guns, clubs, and masks.

Officials in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Central Asian states have been on edge as foreign troops pull out of Afghanistan and militant groups like the Islamic State extremist organization make appeals to Muslims, including those in Central Asia, to come and wage jihad.

Based on reporting by Vecherny Bishkek and Interfax