Kyrgyzstan’s Secret Police Harassing Militants’ Families

Men pray at the Imam Al-Bukhari Mosque in Osh in 2010. According to Kyrgyz law-enforcement agencies, approximately 230 Kyrgyzstani nationals, considered by security services to be Islamic militants, are now fighting in Syria. (Photo: David Trilling)

Dina’s son Botir was killed last September fighting in Syria for one of the Islamist groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Six months later, she is not only still struggling to cope with grief, but also facing harassment from Kyrgyzstan’s powerful secret police, the GKNB.

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