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Russia Arrests Islamist Suspects

Russian security forces have detained at least 55 members of a banned Islamic group, a spokesman for the FSB security service has said. Security officers also seized 500 grams of plastic explosive, several hand grenades and leaflets for the organisation, Hizb-e Tahrir. “These are terrorists who want to overthrow the existing regime by military means,” FSB spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko told Russia’s NTV television. The FSB said the suspects were Central Asians living illegally in Russia. Some reports said as many as 121 people were arrested in the raids, which took place on Friday but were announced only on Monday. Fifty-five of the people detained at a Moscow factory where they had reportedly been hiding were branded “terrorists” by the FSB. The FSB named two of the men as Alisher Musayev of Kyrgyzstan – allegedly the leader of the cell – and Akram Dzhalolov of Tajikistan. Full Story

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