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4-05-2015, 15:18

Turkish national arrested in Tajikistan for recruiting citizens to join militants in Syria


Avesta.Tj | 04.05.2015 | A Turkish national has been arrested here on suspicion of recruiting Tajik citizens to join militants in Syria, Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security (SCNS) said on Monday.

The suspect, named Mehdi Yakush and aged 50, arrived in Tajikistan in the guise of a tourist on March 16, 2015.

Yakush gained confidence of four residents of the Rudaki district – Abduvohid Pardayev, his sister Bibiruqiya Pardayeva, Orif Mahmadiyev, Amonullo Iskandarov – and promised them high paid jobs in Turkey.

Yakush proposed them to become employed in an area bordering Syria and Iraq.

Pardayev and his sister Bibiruqiya sold the part of their property in order to buy air tickets to Turkey, according to the SCNS report.

Criminal proceedings have been instituted and an investigation is under way.