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3 Charged With Terrorism Offenses In Osh

Three men have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Osh on terrorism-related charges.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on September 16 that the men -- a Kazakh national and two Kyrgyz citizens -- had arrived in Osh from Syria, where they had fought alongside rebel forces against Syrian government troops.

UKMK officials said the trio was apprehended as a result of antiterrorist operations conducted between late August and a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization last week.

Officials allege the three had been sent from Syria by an organization called the Union of Islamic Jihad with instructions to conduct a series of terrorist acts in Kyrgyzstan.

No more details have been revealed by UKMK.

Based on reporting by KyrTAG and ITAR-TASS