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Pakistan Hands Over Alleged Tajik Extremist To Dushanbe

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

DUSHANBE -- Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has handed over an alleged leader of a banned Islamic group to Tajikistan.

The deputy chairman of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security, Mansur Umarov, told parliament on February 4 that ISI had transferred one of the leaders of Jamaat Ansarullah, Tajik national Kamariddin Ahrorov, to Tajik authorities.

Jamaat Ansarullah is a militant group considered to be Tajikistan's branch of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

Umarov did not specify the date of the transfer. He claimed members of the group were planning terrorist attacks in Tajikistan's territory.

In November, the mainly Muslim Central Asian state announced the arrest of 12 members of Jamaat Ansarullah on suspicion of enlisting people to join Islamist militants in Syria.

Jamaat Ansarullah has been banned in Tajikistan in 2012.

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