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Kyrgyzstan: The Phantom Militants of Central Asia

Security services in Kyrgyzstan say they have neutralized another international terrorist cell, although little to no firm information has been provided.

The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said in a perfunctory statement on March 29 that the seven-person group was engaged in recruitment for combat activities in war zones, apparently a reference to Syria and Iraq.

The statement also states that the cell was priming for terrorist acts within Kyrgyzstan.

There is more that is not known, however. No names have been provided, for the individuals or the group to which they allegedly belonged. Even the location of the arrest is left vague and given only as “in the territory of one of the republic’s regions.”

This degree of nebulousness has become the trademark of the GKNB and will do little to dispel suspicions that its periodic terror scares are work of officials seeking to keep the public on edge. 

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