Six arrested in Kyrgyzstan on charges of plotting terrorism

Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Six people in Kyrgyzstan suspected of plotting terrorist attacks have been arrested, a security official said Monday.

A preliminary report indicated the suspects were planning terrorist attacks in Bishkek and Osh, where more than a hundred people were killed in ethnic fighting between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks followed the toppling of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in 2010, RIA Novosti reported.

"Some of the detainees had trained in Syrian camps run by international terrorist organizations and have experience fighting for rebel groups, while others are from criminal gangs," a representative of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security said.

The suspects, who lived in the Osh region, were arrested while allegedly breaking into houses searching for items that could be sold to help buy weapons.

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