Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kyrgyzstan Starts Large-Scale Anti-Terrorist Operations

Posted by Info on 04/02/2011

Security agencies in Kyrgyzstan have launched large-scale anti-terrorist operations to counter growing extremist activity.
State National Security Committee (GKNB) spokesman Rysbek Bykyn said:
“Radical extremist groups have been turning increasingly dangerous – planting mines, setting off bombs, killing people. Unless (we) resist them fiercely, the situation may get out of control. They aren’t simply organised crime groups – they are terrorists with different ideology, such as jihadists, Wahhabists, and Hizb ut-Tahrir or IMU (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) members, to whom religion is only a disguise.”

Some media and human rights activists say the security agencies are acting too harshly…

Kyrgyz secret services have co-operated with foreign colleagues, the anonymous officer said. “We check all suspicious homes and mosques as well as imams, work with informers, and carry out (anti-terrorist) raids.”.
Extremist groups have also used external assistance, Kadyr Malikov, a researcher of religion, said.

“We must search for the instigators and act in a proper manner, so that government actions do not disturb the Muslim majority. Islam should not be associated with terrorism. Kyrgyzstan is a country where moderate Islam is preached, but autonomous groups whose ideology is rooted in countries stricken by military conflicts – Iraq, Caucasian countries, and so on – have emerged.”


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