2014-02-19 12:33:00

Detained terrorist group led by Osh mosque deputy imam - Kyrgyz police

Osh, February 20, Interfax - A deputy imam of an Osh mosque was in charge of the terrorist group trained in the camps of transnational terrorist organizations in Syria and detained in southern Kyrgyzstan, the Osh police told Interfax on Wednesday.

The six detainees were planning terror attacks in Osh and Bishkek.

Detectives learned that the group leader was trained in a religious school in Syria and studied in the United Arab Emirates.

Religious leaders trained aboard often head extremist groups after their return to their home country, the police said.

A similar terrorist group led by a local mosque imam, who had been trained in a foreign country, was neutralized in Osh in November 2010.

Members of two terrorist groups were apprehended in Osh in February. The security services said on February 17 that six persons had been taken into custody, and the State Committee for National Security reported in Osh on Wednesday the detention of another four men, who had been trained abroad and planning a series of terror attacks in Kyrgyzstan.