Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tashkent Shows Off Explosives

APUzbek authorities displaying weapons allegedly used in last week's violence.
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- The alleged terrorists behind former Soviet Central Asia's first-ever suicide bombings were trained outside Uzbekistan and controlled by a single criminal group, the country's top prosecutor said Friday, displaying suicide vests and homemade explosives he said were part of a planned terror campaign.

In the first publicly displayed evidence from the investigation into a series of attacks and explosions that has killed at least 47 -- including 33 alleged terrorists and 10 police -- Prosecutor General Rashid Kadyrov said investigators were poring over religious literature found with the militants to determine what extremist group they belonged to.

"The majority of its members underwent military training outside our republic," Kadyrov told journalists. "This gives us a basis to suggest that the terrorist attacks carried out in Uzbekistan were schemes masterminded by international terrorist organizations."

At least 19 suspects have been arrested, including four women, Kadyrov said.

Authorities displayed at least nine Uzbek passports as having been in possession of those killed since March 28.

Other evidence confiscated so far included 72 "explosive-laden belts," Kadyrov said, and more than 2 tons of aluminum powder and ammonium nitrate, along with an assortment of electric parts required to build bombs.

Officials displayed fabric cut into vest-like shapes along with taped packages with homemade explosives, next to several Kalashnikovs, pistols and bins filled with bullets.

The al-Qaida-allied Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has been crushed, but some fugitive militants are still present, the Uzbek foreign minister said Sunday.

Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev insisted the IMU didn't pose a danger to Uzbekistan because it was decimated by the U.S.-led anti-terror campaign in neighboring Afghanistan.