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IMU's Reportedly Slain Leader Not Listed Among Dead


Tahir Yuldash was thought to have been killed, according to Pakistani authorities.

Tahir Yuldash was thought to have been killed, according to Pakistani authorities.

The banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's (IMU) official "Shahid" (martyr) list does not include IMU leader Tohir Yuldash, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

The IMU, an extremist militant group that has been active in some Central Asian countries, is purported to have ties to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Today -- the first day of the Islamic year -- the IMU published an online list of its members who were killed fighting or died during suicide attacks during the past Islamic year (Hijri 1430).

Despite an October announcement by Pakistani security officials that Yuldash had been killed in a late-August missile attack, he was not on the IMU's Shahid list, which had a total of 18 people on it.

There were nine Uzbek citizens, and two each from Tajikistan, Tatarstan, and Pakistan on the list.

One person each from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Germany rounded out the list.
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