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IS trying to create stronghold in C. Asia: CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre

ANI | Updated: Sep 25, 2018 17:20 IST

Cholpon-Ata [Kyrgyzstan], Sept 25 (Sputnik/ANI): The Islamic State (IS) terror group is trying to create a stronghold in Central Asia and to activate Islamist sleeper cells in the region, Andrey Novikov, the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Anti-Terrorism Centre, said on Tuesday.
"(One of the problems of Central Asia is) attempts of the IS international terror group to create a new stronghold of the so-called 'caliphate,' form and activate the 'sleeping Jamaats,'" Novikov said in the Kyrgyz town of Cholpon-Ata, which is hosting the second phase of the Issyk-Kul Anti-Terror 2018 drills. (Sputnik/ANI)