ASTANA - Salafists, the followers of an ultra-conservative school of Islam, were behind a planned attack foiled by Kazakh security services, the head of national security committee KNB said on Thursday.
KNB said on Wednesday it had detained several members of a group which planned "terrorist acts using improvised explosive devices." One of the suspects had killed himself by detonating such a device.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, KNB head Vladimir Zhumakanov said the six detainees were Salafists, but added they had no links to those behind a deadly attack in the city of Aktobe earlier this month.
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