August 15, 2011
Do Islamists Threaten Kazakhstan?
Joshua Kucera, The Diplomat
The Kazakh government's failure to explain a number of recent attacks has fuelled talk of an Islamic terrorism threat to the country.
A series of mysterious, unexplained attacks in Kazakhstan has prompted speculation there that radical Islamists, until now unknown in the country, might be gaining a foothold. While there’s little to suggest that is the case, the government’s incomplete and implausible explanation of the violence – apparent attempts to assuage foreign investors – has created a vacuum in which rumours have run wild.
The string of violent incidents began May 17, in the far western city of Aktobe, when a 25-year-old man blew himself up inside the local headquarters of the domestic security agency KNB (the successor to the Soviet-era KGB)....