25 Dec 2017 09:26

Militant who fought govt forces in Syria detained in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK. Dec 25 (Interfax) - A militant who was fighting government forces in Syria before he came to Kyrgyzstan for plotting terror attacks has been taken into custody, a spokesman for the Kyrgyz National Security Committee told Interfax on Monday.

"A citizen of Kyrgyzstan born in 1990 was detained yesterday in the course of counterterrorism efforts for uncovering and stopping the attempts of international terrorist fighters to cross into Kyrgyzstan for plotting and perpetrating terror attacks with the goal of destabilization in the republic," the spokesman said.

The detainee was identified as a militant trained to commit acts of terrorism and sabotage and actively involved in the fight against Syrian government forces, he said.

"On the orders from terrorist ringleaders, the detainee came to Kyrgyzstan for plotting terror attacks and sabotage and creating new channels for transporting militants from the republic to Syria," the spokesman said.

Investigative agencies of the National Security Committee opened a criminal case on the counts of the participation of a Kyrgyz citizen in armed conflicts or hostilities in a foreign state and mercenary practices, he said.

The man was put in the committee's detention facility. The inquiry is in progress.