BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (GKNB) uncovered a passport forgery ring that authorities say could have been used to facilitate the travel of terrorist recruits to war zones, 24.kg reported Thursday (June 6).
Authorities were able to identify and arrest a suspect accused of organising the manufacture and sale of forged Kyrgyz passports, according to the GKNB. They identified him only as A. S.
He was detained at Manas International Airport with a forged passport identifying him as Paizullo Nasyrov, born in 1987. Authorities searching A. S.'s residence found another phony passport.
At the same time and in the same airport, the GKNB arrested a 29-year-old man, identified only as Yu. M., citizen of a country bordering Kyrgyzstan. He was carrying a forged Kyrgyz passport bearing the name of Islam Kodirov as he attempted to fly to Istanbul.
The real owner of the passport with that serial number is an Osh Province native born in 2003, whose initials are A. B., according to investigators.