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Alleged Hizb Ut-Tahrir Member Arrested In Southern Kyrgyzstan

JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- An alleged member of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization has been arrested in Kyrgyzstan's southern Jalal-Abad region, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Jalal-Abad Oblast Interior Department press secretary Taalaibek Suusunbaev told journalists that a 29-year-old resident of the town of Kara-Kol was detained on January 26.

Suusunbaev said police stopped the suspect's car and found dozens of books and leaflets of extremist religious content.

Earlier this month, three Hizb ut-Tahrir members were arrested in the southern region of Osh, and a large number of books promoting the movement's ideas were found in the northern city of Talas.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is an international Islamic organization that seeks to unify Muslim countries into an Islamic state. It is banned throughout Central Asia and Russia but is legal in most western countries.

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