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06ALMATY1586
2006-05-02 11:57:00
CONFIDENTIAL
US Office Almaty
Cable title:  

KAZAKHSTAN: ARREST OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS

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SCA/CEN FOR JMUDGE; S/CT FOR MNORMAN/DFRANZ

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/28/2016
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: ARREST OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS


Classified By: DCM MARK ASQUINO. REASON 1.4 (b), (d)



1. (C) Summary: In early April, Kazakhstani authorities
arrested ten individuals accused of planning terrorist
activities. This is the first such arrest in recent years in
which the terrorist suspects were accused of targeting
Kazakhstan. End summary.



2. (SBU) In early April, the Kazakhstani authorities arrested
a group of alleged terrorists in Almaty and Almaty oblast
(region). One hundred-twenty officers of the National
Security Committee (KNB) and Interior Ministry were involved
in the operation, which the press described as
"unprecedented." Simultaneous searches of 18 locations were
conducted with the cooperation of unidentified foreign police
forces and intelligence agencies --it is unclear what foreign
support was provided and by whom. Reportedly the searches
found blueprints, explosives, plans to target crowded
locations and important infrastructure sites, weapons,
munitions, and literature and videos promoting extremism.
Ten individuals were arrested, all Kazakhstani citizens.



3. (SBU) The Chief of the International Terrorism Department
of the KNB Sergey Minenkov stated that this group was set up
by a foreign terrorist organization and at least three of the
members were trained abroad. He declined, however, to say
with which international terrorist organization this group
was affiliated. Reportedly, the terrorists' goals were to
topple the Kazakhstani government and proclaim a caliphate.



4. (SBU) The suspects were charged with organization and
participation in a gang, inflammation of religious hatred,
and illegal possession of weapons and munitions. The KNB
reported that along with the preparation for terrorist acts
and the proliferation of radical religious ideology, the gang
had orders from its leaders abroad to follow the
sociopolitical situation in Kazakhstan and its relationship
with neighboring states. It was also charged with compiling
information on the situation with ethnic groups in the
republic, and on the activities of the opposition. The
Kazakhstanis have not commented on the specific locations
targeted by the accused.



5. (C) Comment: This is the first incident in recent years
of the arrest of suspected terrorist cell members who were
planning to carry out attacks within Kazakhstan itself. It
is significant that the cell was operating in Almaty rather
than in the impoverished and radicalized areas of southern
Kazakhstan near the Uzbek border. This could indicate that
indigenous extremism is spreading, or at least that
terrorists have shifted their operational base to the
country's largest city.
ORDWAY