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Kazakhstan member of Syrian militant group arrested in Kyrgyzstan and testifies

18 september 2013, 15:06
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Sergey Leskevich. (OTR) ©tengrinews.kz
Sergey Leskevich. (OTR) ©tengrinews.kz
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Sergey Leskevich. (OTR) ©tengrinews.kz
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Sergey Leskevich. (OTR) ©tengrinews.kz
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A citizen of Kazakhstan has been arrested in the south of Kyrgyzstan as part of a group of militants from Syria. The group belongs to the international terrorist organization called the Islamic Jihad Union, the media relations department of the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan told Tengrinews.

The group was switched from Syria to Kyrgyzstan to prepare and commit terrorist acts.

The group included one citizen of Kazakhstan, two citizens of Kyrgyzstan who used to take part in military actions against the Syrian government as part of terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry letter released a message revealing the name and the origin of the member of the group who help the Kazakhstan citizenship: “According to the Kazakhstan Embassy in Bishkek, the citizen of Kazakhstan is among the arrested: Sergey A. Leskevich, born in 1988 in Tokmak town of Chu oblast of Kyrgyzstan.”

During investigation of the criminal case against the group over terrorism, mercenary activities, illegal procurement, transfer, sale, keeping, transportation and possession of firearms, ammo, explosive substances and devices, Kyrgyzstan’s investigative authorities found that this groups of militants was switched from Syria to Kyrgyzstan on an assigned from foreign ideologist and terrorist leaders to prepare and commit terrorist acts in Bishkek and Osh.

The Kazakhstan member of the criminal group testified after the arrest.

He gave the names of the two Kyrgyz members of the group. They are Sardor Rakhmonov and Mazhit Abdullayev. They are both from Osh Oblast of Kyrgyzstan. They arrived to Kyrgyzstan via Russia.

He said that he trained in a field military camp in Syria together with his mates from Kyrgyzstan.

“First we were training in a military field camp in Syria. Then our mentors told us that we should help our Muslim brothers in Kyrgyzstan, so we went to Osh. Based on our plans we were supposed to arrive in Almaty, kidnap my brother-in-law and get a ransom of 50,000 dollars. Then we were supposed to kill him to hide the crime. We were supposed to set 20,000 dollars to Turkey and from there our person would have taken the money to Uzbek Jamaat in Syria for jihad. We were supposed to used the remaining 30,000 dollars to buy weapons, ammo and night-vision devices,” the member from Kazakhstan said during the interrogation.

According to the militant, after obtaining the weapons they were supposed to lay low in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh awaiting further orders before they proceed with the terrorist acts in Bishkek and Osh.

This is not the first case of a Kazakhstan citizen being involved in foreign terrorist groups. Not long ago Site Intel Group uploaded a video showing a militant, allegedly. Kazakhstan-born, calling for jihad in Syria. The video was shot by an Iraqi division of Al-Qaeda known as the ISI (Islamic State of Iraq) or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).
The militant who made the call in the Kazakh language is named Abu Mu'adh al-Muhajir in the video, but his real name is not revealed.

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