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Uzbekistan blames violence on banned Islamic group

The Uzbek government on Friday blamed four recent days of deadly attacks and suicide bombings on a banned Islamic group whose members allegedly got their training from the instructors of al-Qaida fighters. But a member of the outlawed organization said in an interview that her group had played no part in the unrest. “We only use two tools to fight the regime: Our religious ideas and peaceful political means,” said the 31-year-old woman, who spent five years in Uzbek prisons for her membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir, the banned Party of Liberation. In recent days, a series of attacks seemingly directed at the police killed 48 people in the cities of Tashkent and Bukhara: 10 police officers, 34 alleged terrorists and four civilians. No one claimed has responsibility for the attacks, and it remains unclear who was behind them. Full Story

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