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A court sentenced six Islamist terrorists to prison terms ranging from six to 10 years for planning to bomb the Opera and Ballet Theater in the capital city, Astana, and to send funds to the North Caucasus insurgency. Serik Koshalaqov, the leader of the group, was also convicted along with five associates of other offenses, including plotting to kill top officials and security forces.
An 18-year-old woman was sentenced to seven years in prison for preparing to use her 12-year-old stepson as a suicide bomber in an attack inside the National Security Building. The woman's husband was killed last year during an operation by counterterrorism forces.
Trial began in Atyru for eight local men arrested on terrorism charges between December and January. Security forces have targeted Islamic terrorists in operations in Atyru and other towns in western Kazakhstan in recent months.
The Foreign Ministry said Kazakhstan "strongly condemns any form of terrorism" and that it is cooperating with the US investigation into the role of two Kazakh citizens, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, in the Boston Marathon bombing case. The two students, who face US charges of obstruction of justice for hiding evidence after the bombing, allegedly were told by suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev a month before the attack that he knew how to make a bomb.
Kavkaz Center, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirates, said that Agzhan Hasen and four other "Kazakh Mujahideen" were killed during a clash in southern Kazakhstan last weekend that also killed two policemen. Hasen was described as the group's "emir."