2017-01-10

Kazakhstan foils terror-financing bid

By Alexander Bogatik

ASTANA -- The Kazakhstani National Security Committee (KNB) has thwarted attempts by some Kazakhstani citizens to finance terrorist and extremist activity, the KNB said, according to a Monday (January 9) report by Tengrinews.

Money transfers varied from 5 million to 76.6 million KZT (US $15,000 to US $230,000), according to the KNB.

The KNB and other state agencies are taking measures to prevent withdrawal of money from Kazakhstani bank accounts for funding extremist or terrorist activities, the KNB said.

Meanwhile, the KNB is working to identify a Kazakhstani native with the alias Abu Fayza, who allegedly embezzled US $1 million (333 million KZT) from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) in Syria, according to Tengrinews.

A number of news sites reported the incident in early December.

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