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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, April 05, 2004

IMU Not Involved In Uzbekistan Bombings says FM

The following excerpt is sourced from the Eurasia Research Center and has the Uzbek Foreign Minister stating categorically that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)was not behind the recent rash of bombings and murder in the country.

Whilst ruling out IMU involvement the Foreign Minister could not give anymore information as to the identity of those involved other than to say that they were linked to terror groups outside the country.


"Uzbek Official Says Terror Group Remains

Sunday, April 04, 2004

By BURT HERMAN, Associated Press Writer

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - The Uzbek foreign minister said Sunday that the
country's main militant group has been crushed, and backed earlier
assertions that deadly attacks last week were linked to terror groups
outside the country.

Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev insisted the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan
didn't pose a danger to Uzbekistan because it was decimated by the
U.S.-led
anti-terror campaign in neighboring Afghanistan after the Sept. 11
attacks.

'The backbone of the IMO as well as the might of the Taliban were
broken
during the military phase of the campaign in Afghanistan,'



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