Kyrgyzstan has said the recent bomb attack at Chinese Embassy in the country was carried out by the ETIM, a separatist group from China’s Xinjiang province, confirming Beijing’s apprehensions that the terror outfit affiliated to the Islamic State is targeting its interests abroad.
Kyrgyzstan authorities have confirmed ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) involvement and identified the suicide bomber who drove explosives packed car last week into the embassy’s gates exploded it, Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
One person was killed and five others injured in the blast.
The press service for the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security said in an announcement that the attack on August 30 was organised by Uighur terrorist groups active in Syria and affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra, a Sunni Islamist militia fighting against Syrian Government forces in the Syrian Civil War.
The task of organising the attack was given by one of al-Nusra’s emissaries, which also provided financial support to the terrorist act, the report said.
The committee said the suicide bomber was a member of the ETIM terror group.
“This is a member of ETIM, a terrorist organisation active in Syria, a Uyghur named Zoir Khalilov, who had a passport from Tajikistan,” the committee said.
The attacker rammed the western gates of the Chinese Embassy with a car, it said about the first such attack against Chinese missions abroad by ETIM.
Two Kyrgyz employees of the embassy and three Chinese people were injured.
The Kyrgyz security officials have detained five accomplices of the terrorist group, who are natives of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh and Jalal-Abad regions, four ethnic Uzbeks and one Kyrgyz.
Kyrgyz police also issued an arrest warrant for Sattybaev Izzotillo Mashrapovich, born in the Kyrgyz city of Osh, an Uzbek national who underwent terrorist training in Syria.