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[27.05.23] Kyrgyz Security Official Says Uighur Separatists Might Be Involved in Bishkek Market Bombing

First Deputy Chairman of Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service Boris Poluektov told the lower house of parliament during its 23 May discussion of security that his service does not rule out the involvement of Uighur separatists and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in the December 2002 bombing of a Bishkek market, the May 2003 bombing of an exchange office in Osh and an alleged attempt on the life of National Security Council Secretary Misir Ashyrkulov in September 2002, Interfax reported. Poluektov asserted the service has determined that the two bombings were organized by IMU members financed from abroad. He said the bombers were closely linked with Uighur separatists and had received training in Chechnya. Poluektov repeated the frequently made government assertion that the extremist Muslim movement Hizb ut-Tahrir is expanding its activities from southern into northern Kyrgyzstan, but he uncharacteristically acknowledged that the movement's ideology calls for the nonviolent creation of an Islamic state. A number of opposition figures in Kyrgyzstan have made the point that Hizb ut-Tahrir rejects violence.
Eurasianet, May 27, 2003

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