15- to 18-year-old Kyrygz called most vulnerable to extremist recruitment

By Asker Sultanov

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz members of parliament (MPs), specialists and journalists Friday (January 6) in Bishkek conferred on terrorism and extremism as part of the parliamentary press office's "Meetings without neckties" project, the parliamentary press office said in a statement.

Terrorist recruiters frequently target Kyrgyz youth aged 15 to 18, Bishkek-based theologian Kadyr Malikov said at the conference.

Extremist recruiters "are ... adroit psychologists", he said. "They take advantage of every individual's weakest moments."

Terrorist groups possess vast financial resources, MP Mirlan Jeenchoroyev warned, adding that the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) controls billions of dollars and can recruit online or on TV.

About 860 Kyrgyz militants are fighting in Syria, the parliamentary press office said.

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