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Tajiks Kill Alleged Radical Russian Muslim From Chelyabinsk

DUSHANBE -- Police in Tajikistan's southern city of Panj on the Afghan border have killed a Russian citizen suspected in being a radical Muslim.

Panj city police department officials told RFE/RL on April 24 that local law enforcement officers shot Semyon Nagebin, who is from the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, late on April 23 after he escaped from a local hospital with two pistols he took by force from police officers.

According to the officials, Nagebin was shot dead after he started shooting at police.

Nagebin, 28, had been treated in the hospital after he was wounded when trying to illegally cross the Afghan border on April 15.

Officials said that Nagebin called himself "Salim" and criticized Tajik authorities, calling them "not real Muslims."

The Tajik officials' report comes a day after officials in Russia said that an alleged member of the banned Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir had been detained in Chelyabinsk in Russia's Urals region.

Several members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir group have been arrested or sentenced in recent months in Chelyabinsk, which borders Kazakhstan and Russia's mainly Muslim region of Bashkortostan.