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Kyrgyzstan Detains Female Members Of Islamic Group

A group of women have been detained in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Jalal-Abad for alleged membership in a banned Islamic group.

The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry said on September 30 that the seven women, aged between 20 and 25, were detained during a special operation in Nooken district.

Police said evidence showed the group has been actively involved in the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, recruiting new members for the group among local residents.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

The Kyrgyz government has banned the group, branding its members and supporters "extremists."

Hizb ut-Tahrir is also banned in other Central Asian republics and in Russia.

Based on reporting by KyrTAG and Interfax