Threat of radical groups' intensification grows in Central Asia

Politics Materials 6 May 2011 23:09 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 6 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/

After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Central Asian countries, including Kyrgyzstan, may be subject to strengthening of radical groups, said Kyrgyz expert Sergei Masaulov.

"I think that after the killing of Osama bin Laden, we will face serious events, especially it will begin from Pakistan and Afghanistan," Masaulov told Trend by telephone from Bishkek.
These two states are in close proximity to Central Asia and the situation there remains unstable. After the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. special forces in Pakistan, the observers fear that the activity of radical groups, the leader of one of which was bin Laden, may spread to Central Asia.

For example, in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, the sappers defused explosive device, packed with striking elements, in the school yard in one of the residential districts of Bishkek.

According to the analyst at Kyrgyz Forsyth Comprehensive Research Fund Masaulov, certain facts in form of neutralized bomb indicate that some work is done and the threats that are taking place are neutralized.

"If to take the moment, the situation in the country, as it was at the beginning of spring, has not changed," he said. He said the sharp deterioration of the situation is still not observed, however, the fact that the situation in Kyrgyzstan remains stable is obvious.

The fact that the explosion was prepared at the school testifies the presence of people who want to destabilize situation not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in Central Asia, said Masaulov.

According to the analyst, now rumors constantly spread that the situation will deteriorate in the country, and that the "hot events" may even repeat and it is expected in mid-May.

Last year as a result of popular unrest and protest, ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was overthrown and a new government was appointed. Large-scale protests killed 84 people.
"If to take into account the positions of various political forces in the country, no one has an interest in this kind of events," said Masaulov.