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Kazakh Security Committee Admits Terrorist Group Is Threat

December 04, 2012

Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB) has acknowledged for the first time that the banned terrorist group Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate) poses a threat to that country's security.

KNB deputy chairman Kabdulkarim Abdikazymov told journalists in Astana on December 4 that "a certain number of Kazakhstani citizens and Kazakhstan-born individuals" are members of the group, which is based on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The group was officially banned in Kazakhstan in November 2011 after Jund al-Khilafah claimed responsibility for bombings in the western city of Atyrau and attacks against police in the southern city of Taraz.

Based on reporting by and Interfax


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