Uzbekistani security forces arrest 2 suspected terrorist recruiters


TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan's security services have arrested two suspects accused of recruiting for foreign militant groups, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Friday (January 19).

The suspects are both Uzbekistani nationals and residents of Tashkent, reported state-run Uzbekistan-24 TV late Thursday (January 18).

The pair allegedly received financial support from the pro-"Islamic State" (IS) group Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad and were in contact with that Syria-based militant group via Facebook. Their charges include affiliating with extremist groups and spreading material threatening public security.

Police are investigating 23 suspects who might have "fallen under the influence" of the detainees, reported local media.

About 1,500 Uzbekistani citizens are believed to have joined Islamic militant groups in Iraq and Syria, including several linked to deadly terrorist attacks in other countries.

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