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13-07-2015, 12:11

Group of alleged extremists detained in northern Tajikistan


Avesta.Tj | 13.07.2015 |A group of alleged terrorists and extremists have been detained in Tajikistan’s nothern districts of Bobojon Gafurov and Jabbor Rasulov, the country’s agency for state financial control and combating corruption said Monday.

The alleged members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) were arrested during operations carried out by the anticorruption agency’s office for Sughd province.

The subversive literature and CDs containing sermons and appeals by former IMU leader Muhammad Tahir have been confiscated from the suspects.

Criminal proceedings have been instituted against the alleged terror and extremist group under the provisions of three articles of Tajikistan’s Penal Code: Article 187 (1) -- organizing a criminal group; Article 307 (2)-- public calls for extremist activities; and Article 347 (1) -- failure to report crime.

An investigation is under way.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is a militant Islamist group formed in 1991 by the Islamic ideologue Tahir Yuldashev and former Soviet paratrooper Juma Namangani -- both ethnic Uzbeks from the Fergana Valley.

It aimed to overthrow Uzbek President Islam Karimov and to create an Islamic state.