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Kyrgyz Security Committee Detains Seven Alleged Terrorists

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities say seven alleged members of a terrorist group have been detained.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said on March 29 that the suspects had been detained in one of the country's regions during a security operation.

The exact place and date of the operation was not disclosed.

According to the UKMK, the detained men are suspected of recruiting fighters for military operations in the Middle East and planning a series of terrorist acts in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz authorities have said that more than 500 Kyrgyz nationals, a quarter of whom are women, have left the country for Syria and Iraq to join Islamic militant groups including the Islamic State terrorist organization.