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Suspected Militants Arrested In Kyrgyzstan

Tensions in Kyrgyzstan have risen since August, when the security forces killed Imam Rafiq Qori Kamoluddin, who permitted members of Hizb ut-Tahrir to worship in his mosque. (RFE/RL) September 18, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service (SNB) says it has arrested three suspected members of the radical religious group Hizb ut-Tahrir in the eastern town of Balikchi.

The SNB says the three were found in possession of extremist religious literature and audiotapes, knives, and live ammunition.

It says one of the detainees has confessed to being an active member of the banned religious grouping.


Hizb Ut-Tahrir

Hizb Ut-Tahrir

Arms and leaflets allegedly confiscated from Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Kyrgyzstan in May (RFE/RL)

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