AKTOBE, Kazakhstan -- The trial of 12 suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) members in Aktobe will begin soon, according to the Aktobe Provincial Court's press office.
The 12 suspects received instructions from ISIL on how to prepare phony travel documents and to go to Syria, Anar Aitjanova, acting spokeswoman for the court, said, according to a June 29 Astana TV report.
The 12 suspects decided in the winter of 2015 to make plans for the trip, after falling under the influence of a Syrian imam and extremist recruiter, according to Nur.kz. Other sources reported they began making plans last February.
At an unreported date, the suspects began heading for Kyrgyzstan, where they intended to fly to Turkey for later travel to Syria. However, the National Security Committee (KNB) arrested them on the Aktobe-to-Shymkent highway, Nur.kz reported.