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Russia Extradites Two Suspected Islamic Militants To Uzbekistan

(RFE/RL) November 14, 2006 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) today said it had deported two Uzbek nationals suspected of belonging to the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir radical religious grouping.

A court in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk sometime last week ordered their extradition to Uzbekistan on charges of violating local residency regulations. The two were immediately put on a plane bound for Tashkent.

FSB officials say Dolimbek and Davronbek Gulomov -- aged 29 and 33, respectively -- had settled in Krasnoyarsk earlier this year after fleeing Uzbekistan, where they are wanted for suspected terrorist activities.

Russian investigators say that in Krasnoyarsk the Gulomov brothers set up an underground Hizb ut-Tahrir cell that comprised some 60 people, all from Central Asia.

(Interfax-Siberia, RIA Novosti)

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