Central Asia | Kyrgyzstan says Uighur militant groups behind attack on China's embassy
Investigators, Interior Ministry officers and members of security forces work near the site of a bomb blast outside China's embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
Investigators, Interior Ministry officers and members of security forces work near the site of a bomb blast outside China's embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

Kyrgyzstan says Uighur militant groups behind attack on China’s embassy

September 6, 2016 12:56 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)
A suicide bomb attack on the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital last week was ordered by Uighur militants active in Syria and carried out by a member of the East Turkestan Islamic movement, Kyrgyzstan’s state security service said on Tuesday.
Investigators and Interior Ministry officers work near site of bomb blast outside China's embassy in Bishkek
Investigators, Interior Ministry officers and members of security forces work near the site of a bomb blast outside China’s embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

The suicide bomber, whose car rammed the gates of the embassy on Aug. 30, was an ethnic Uighur who held a Tajik passport in the name of Zoir Khalilov, the GKNB security service said in a statement.

Three embassy staff suffered minor injuries in the attack and were taken to hospital. China condemned the attack and urged Kyrgyz authorities to quickly investigate.

“The investigation established that the terrorist act was ordered by Uighur terrorist groups active in Syria and affiliated to the terrorist organization the Nusra Front whose emissaries … financed the terrorist action,” the GKNB said. Read More

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