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Kyrgyzstan Detains Two Alleged Members Of Banned Islamic Group

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested across Central Asia.
JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Two alleged members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Jalal-Abad.

The Jalal-Abad provincial branch of the Interior Ministry said on February 22 that dozens of books, leaflets, DVDs, and audio cassettes with extremist content were found in the two men's houses.

On February 19, five other suspected members of the group were arrested in the area.

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

The Kyrgyz government and a number of other CIS countries have banned Hizb ut-Tahrir, branding its supporters "extremists."

Since last summer, several other alleged members of the banned organization have been arrested in towns across Kyrgyzstan.

Based on reporting by Kyrtag and RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service