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[23.06.2OO3] Large Arms Depot Found in Kyrgyz South Thought to Have Belonged to "Terrorists"

Staff of the Kyrgyz National Security Service have found a large arms and ammunition depot in [the southern] Batken Region, the service's press service told an Itar-Tass correspondent today.
 
The press service said that the special services had found the large cache of arms and ammunition, which were made in Pakistan, Iran and [former] Soviet Union, in a hard-to-reach mountainous area near the Itiez [transliterated] settlement, 160 km from Batken.
 
According to preliminary data, the arsenal belonged to the fighters of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), who intruded into the territory of Batken Region in 1999 and 2000, and engaged in fierce fighting with the Kyrgyz army's subdivisions. The IMU fighters most probably had no time to take the weapons with them when they made a retreat.
 
The National Security Service is continuing to thoroughly search the area where there were international terrorist detachments three or four years ago.
 
Itar-Tass, 23 June, 2003

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