Jund al Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, a Kazakh terror group based in eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas, confirmed that five of its fighters were killed during a clash with police in southern Kazakhstan on Dec. 3. From the statement released by the group, which has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group:
On Saturday, the third of December … the apostate forces of the Nazarbayev regime attacked a headquarters where five of the lions of the al Zahir Baibars Battalion were gathered from Jund al Khilafah, may Allah grant them glory, in the village of Boraldai. Then, the attacking forces surprised the lions of Islam, and the heroes stood to them while demonstrating patience, anticipating the divine reward, being certain of Allah’s promise, and longing to meet Him. They sent two of them to their ominous fate and killed them… and as a result, the forces of treachery surrounded the location and bombed it for four hours with various shells, which led to the martyrdom of the five brothers …
Jund al Khilafah also said it was “ready to be killed in the thousands in order to support this religion, and losing our lives in a cheap price that we offer for this cause,” and threatened Russia for calling for “the repression of the Kazakh people.”
Jund al Khilafah has claimed credit for two attacks in Kazakhstan this fall, and has also released two videos of attacks against ISAF forces in Khost province, Afghanistan. For more information on the Jund al Khilafah, see LWJ report, Kazakh jihadi leader seeks restoration of Islamic caliphate.
Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.