Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.1 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The U.S. SiteIntelligenceGroup (SIG), which specializes in publishing the statements of various terrorist groups, has today reported that The Jund al Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate claimed responsibility for the recent blasts in the Kazakh city of Atyrau.
"The Jund al Khilafah has claimed responsibility for two explosions in the Atyrau city on Oct. 31," the source reported.
A bomb exploded in a garbage bin outside the regional administration building in the Atyrau city in western Kazakhstan on Monday. No casualties were reported. The blast did not cause damage to the residential and office buildings.
The second explosion took place on a vacant lot near a neighborhood of the Atyrau city. An unidentified man blew himself up and died as a result. No other victims reported.
Two criminal cases were filed under the Article 233 (terrorism) of the Criminal Code on the facts of explosions in the Kazakh city of Atyrau, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.
The SIG reported that this group had earlier called on the Kazakh government to cancel the recently approved law on religion.
The Kazakh President signed the law on religious activities on Oct.13.
Its provisions, in particular the ban on prayer rooms in public institutions, education and health facilities, as well as in military units, have caused a mixed reaction in the Kazakh society. Several NGOs have demanded to revise the document and dismiss the head of the agency for religious affairs.