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Tajik Woman Detained For Recruiting Fighters For Jihad

DUSHANBE -- A 37-year-old woman in Dushanbe has been detained for allegedly helping recruit and send men to fight in jihadist groups.

Court documents surfaced on September 11 showing Nigina Toshkhojaeva had helped two men wanted in Tajikistan to flee the country to join terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

Tajik authorities say both were members of the Islamic Movement of Turkestan.

Toshkhojaeva was apprehended at the Dushanbe airport with another man who is suspected of "going for jihad" to Afghanistan.

Toshkhojaeva's husband is in an Afghan jail after being caught and sentenced for membership in a terrorist group.

Toshkhojaeva faces charges of organizing and leading an illegal group and of helping recruit Tajik citizens to fight abroad.

She faces up to 12 years if convicted.

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