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Russian Weapons Charges Against Alleged Radical Islamists

Russian authorities say alleged radical Islamists detained in Moscow last month have been charged with illegal possession of weapons.

The Interior Ministry said on December 9 that 14 alleged members of the banned Islamic group Takfir wal-Hijra, arrested on November 27, face up to eight years in jail.

The 14 men, who are reportedly from Russia's North Caucasus republics of Daghestan, Kalmykia, and Ingushetia, as well as foreign nationals from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, were arrested on November 27, after police found three homemade explosive devices and elements that might be used to construct explosive devices in their apartments.

Takfir wal-Hijra was formed in Egypt in the 1960s and outlawed in Russia in 2010.

It is believed to have cells linked to Al-Qaeda in a number of countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Based on reporting by TAR-TASS and Interfax

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