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Suspects slain in Bishkek anti-terror operation linked to ISIL

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:58PM

Kyrgyz officials say the six suspects killed in a recent anti-terror operation in the capital, Bishkek, were linked to the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.

On Thursday, Kyrgyz security forces managed to foil two attacks planned by militants linked to ISIL. One of the planned attacks was reportedly aimed at targeting a Russian airbase in the country, located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Bishkek.

Rakhat Sulaimanov, a spokesman for the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan, said, "The terrorists who were liquidated were connected to" ISIL.

"The members of the international terrorist organization were planning to stage a blast at the Kant airbase in order to take control of the weapons and ammunition of the strategic Russian facility," he said.

Four militants were killed in an hour-long raid by the security forces on a building in the center of Bishkek. The Kyrgyz security forces killed two others in Lebedinovka, a suburb of Bishkek.

Russian sources said the terrorist cell organized its activities from inside a two-story building in central Bishkek, where other people also lived.

Sulaimanov, the Kyrgyz national security official, further said the terrorist cell was also planning attacks on gatherings of people on Friday, when the Muslim-dominated Kyrgyzstan celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Another statement by the National Security Committee on Friday identified the cell leader as Zhanbolat Amirov, a Kazakh national who had escaped prison.

On Thursday, Kyrgyz officials announced the arrest of seven people suspected of having links to ISIL during a morning raid, which saw four security officers injured.

Estimates show that at least 350 Kyrgyz nationals have joined the ranks of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, with reports saying that more than 30 of them have already been killed.

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