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ASTANA – The Kazakhstani National Security Committee (KNB) December 4 for the first time called the banned Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate) terrorist group a threat to national security, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
A "certain number of Kazakhstani citizens" belong to Jund al-Khilafah, KNB Deputy Chairman Kabdulkarim Abdikazymov said December 4, adding the group poses "a real threat".
Jund al-Khilafah is based in the Afghan-Pakistani border zone. Kazakhstan banned it in 2011 after it took responsibility for bombings in Atyrau and attacks on police in Taraz. Five Jund al-Khilafah members and two Kazakhstani special forces members were killed in a December 2011 shootout in Boraldai, Almaty Oblast.