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Tajikistan Detains Four Alleged Islamic State Supporters

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

Tajik authorities say they have detained four suspected supporters of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group who were allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the country during the celebrations marking Victory Day on May 9.

Tajikistan's Interior Ministry said on May 9 that information provided by Russian police led to the arrest of Tajik national Duston Menglikulov on his arrival in Dushanbe from Moscow on May 6.

The tip off came after police in Moscow detained several Central Asian migrants on May 2 on suspicion of preparing a series of terrorist attacks in the Russian capital.

Menglikulov's three associates were arrested in the south of Tajikistan. All are suspected of planning attacks in Tajikistan ordered by IS leaders in Syria.

Tajik authorities have said that hundreds of the Central Asian nation's citizens are fighting alongside IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

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