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Azerbaijan Detains Six On Suspicion Of Terrorism

Six men have been arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning terrorist acts in the country.

Azerbaijan's Ministry for National Security said on March 4 that the men had been arrested during a counterterrorism operation.

Authorites said the six are suspected of organizing a terrorist group aimed at establishing an Islamic state based on Sharia law on the territory of Azerbaijan.

The ministry also said the suspects proclaimed themselves "emirs" (leaders) of the state-to-be and planned a series of terrorist acts in the country.

The majority of Azerbaijan's 9.5 million population are Shi'te Muslims.

Based on reporting by Interfax and

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