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OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Eight alleged members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization have been detained in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Osh, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Osh Oblast Interior Ministry's press service told RFE/RL that five of the suspects were apprehended in the city of Osh and three in the village of Shark in the Kara-Suu district, which is on the border with Uzbekistan.

The eight are currently in Osh's pretrial detention center. Investigations have been launched into the suspects' activities.

In January, Kyrgyz police arrested at least five people in the south on suspicion of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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