Kyrgyz authorities uncover scheme to smuggle fuel from Kazakhstan


BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's National Security Committee (GKNB) foiled a plot to smuggle fuel from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan by train, AKIpress reported Tuesday (June 4), citing a GKNB statement.

The smugglers misidentified the fuel as components of raw gas condensate to avoid paying taxes, according to the statement.

Kyrgyz anti-corruption authorities found two rail cars carrying 120 tonnes of fuel at the Kant railway station, the statement said.

The organisers of the scheme had smuggled more than 2,000 tonnes of fuel to Kyrgyzstan, say investigators.

The countries' border forces have fought other attempts to violate their border security, such as crossings by militants trying to reach war zones and efforts to smuggle in extremist materials.

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