Kyrgyzstan says Islamist groups sparked violence
Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan's security agency claimed
on Thursday that relatives of the toppled president colluded with
the Taliban and other Islamic militant movements to provoke
the ethnic violence that has destabilized the Central Asian
The agency provided no evidence and there was no way of
independently confirming the claim, which added to a series of
allegations and counter-allegations about the cause of the
violence issued by rival groups in Kyrgyzstan.
The security agency said two of former President
Kurmanbek Bakiyev's relatives met last month in Afghanistan
with representatives of the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan and Tajik militants to discuss plans to trigger
unrest in Kyrgyzstan.
At the meeting in the Badakhshan region, they agreed that
IMU forces would stir up violence and would be paid USD 30
million by the Bakiyevs, the agency statement said.
The UN said this month's ethnic riots were deliberately
set off by organised groups of gunmen in ski masks, but has
not named the suspected instigator.