DANAK, Kazakhstan — Some 20 people were held by Kazakhstan authorities at a border crossing for over a week after their passports were seized during a police raid in neighboring Uzbekistan, local media reported Friday.
The incident, which was reported in Kazakhstan’s semi-official news agency, was the latest in a string of arrests and detentions since the government took power in March after a popular uprising that saw protesters and government supporters clash over the government’s control of the country.
A spokesman for the interior ministry in Krasnodar province said authorities had detained at least 20 people who were detained for alleged terrorism links.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry in Ulan-Ude province said the detention had been confirmed.
Kazakhstan is currently embroiled in a conflict with Russia that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead.
The country also has a separatist insurgency that the Kremlin has condemned.