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Tajik, Kazakh Authorities Detain Alleged Extremists

13 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Authorities in Central Asia continue making arrests of alleged members of the banned Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

In the past week, police in Tajikistan detained 12 alleged members of the group in northern Soghd Province. Several of them are accused of manufacturing and distributing antigovernment propaganda.

In Kazakhstan, authorities in northern Pavlodar Province on 12 September detained a man for allegedly carrying brochures of the banned group.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate. It is banned in many countries, including several Central Asian countries, in Russia, Germany, and in several Middle Eastern countries. It was most recently banned in Britain.

Thousands of Hizb-ut-Tahrir members and supporters have been arrested and imprisoned for alleged extremist activities in Central Asia and Russia.

Uzbekistan blames Hizb-ut-Tahrir of involvement in a May uprising in Andijon, which sparked a bloody military crackdown.


See also:

"Uzbek Security Service Steps Up Work In Neighboring Countries"

"Radical Islamists Challenge Governments' Efforts At Control"