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12-05-2015, 16:31

Tajik police special unit commander joins ISIL: local media


Avesta.Tj | 12.05.2015 | Tajik police special unit commander Gulmurod Halimov had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria, Asia Plus news agency reported on Tuesday.


Halimov, the Commander of Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON) of Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry, has not shown up for work since early May.


Some sources at the country’s power-wielding structures and Halimov’s friends said that he collected information about the ISIL, its ideas and armed formations from social networks lately.


He became devotee of ISIL and began to spread ISIL ideas among his friends, said one of Halimov’s friends.


Halimov gathered a group numbering ten people, mainly unemployed men, and they left for Moscow on May 1.


On May 2, they were seen at Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport.


An official source at the power-wielding structures said that it could not be ruled out that Halimov had been promised fat money for each of recruited militant.


Meanwhile, Tajik Deputy Interior Minister Ikrom Umarzoda said he has no information about the whereabouts of Colonel Halimov.


Umarzoda neither denied nor confirmed the information that Tajik police special unit commander had joined ISIL militants in Syria. "I know nothing about it,” the deputy interior minister told Asia-Plus in an interview.


Gulmurod Halimov was appointed commander of the Tajik special police unit three years ago.