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Uzbek Officials Detain Alleged Hizb Ut-Tahrir Members

Obidzhon Dzhurabayev, suspected in recruiting people into the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization and promoting radical Islam, is seen in a Moscow court on October 20.

Police in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, have detained a group of alleged members of a banned Islamic group, Uzbek authorities say.

The Uzbek Interior Ministry said on October 29 that 16 suspected members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization have been apprehended.

According to the statement, the men became followers of the banned organization while abroad and promoted Hizb ut-Tahrir among their relatives.

Authorities in Central Asian countries says Hizb ut-Tahrir plays a role in a strategy used by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to radicalize young people and recruit them to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Sunni political organization, seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned across Central Asia and Russia, says its movement is peaceful.

With reporting by RIA and Interfax