Kazakhstan jails Muslim radicals for anti-government plot
ALMATY (REUTERS) - Kazakhstan jailed six men on Wednesday for conspiring to assassinate government officials, the Supreme Court said, indicating a possible rise of Islamist violence in the oil-rich country.
Kazakhstan, a mainly Muslim nation the size of Western Europe but with a population of just 17 million, had until recently seemed less prone to the religious violence more common in some of the poorer post-Soviet Central Asian states.
The court said the men were part of a "terrorist group"which planned to kill senior officials at the opening of a new opera and ballet theatre in the capital Astana.
One had trained his under-age Muslim wife as a suicide bomber to detonate the charge, it said.