Kyrgyzstan says Islamist groups sparked violence



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 nation.

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.

PTI