2022-07-12 17:02:00

Kyrgyz special services claim to have prevented terrorist on Eid al-Adha in Bishkek

Bishkek, July 12, Interfax - A terrorist attack plotted by Syrian militants has been prevented in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz National Security Committee said on Tuesday.

"During preparations for celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday, National Security Committee officers prevented a terrorist attack in Bishkek. Counterterrorist measures resulted in detaining two foreign citizens engaged in an international terrorist organization, who had arrived from Syria using fake passports," it said.

Security operatives also detained several Kyrgyz citizens suspected of aiding and abetting members of the international terrorist organization, it said.

"The investigation obtained incontrovertible evidence proving that said individuals had undergone sabotage and terrorism training in the combat zone in Syria. One of the detainees is an instructor in manufacturing an improvised explosive device," it said.

Among other plans, the suspects made preparations for committing an act of terrorism during a holiday prayer on July 9, for which they had rented an apartment near the central square of Bishkek and conducted reconnaissance from there.

A criminal case has been opened, and the detainees have been placed in the National Security Committee's pretrial detention center.