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Poland arrests 4 Tajiks accused of militant recruitment

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Four Tajik citizens are in custody in Poland in connection with charges of attempting to recruit Muslim converts to carry out terrorist acts. [Twitter/Polish Border Guard]

WARSAW -- Polish authorities May 7 arrested four Tajik men accused of trying to recruit Muslim converts to carry out terrorist acts, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Monday (May 11), quoting Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the Polish minister co-ordinating special forces.

He did not identify the location of their arrest.

Poland will expel the four men and bar them from re-entering its territory or the rest of the European Union's passport-free Schengen Area, said Zaryn, without specifying the destination of the suspects.

Accused 'Islamic State' sympathisers

All four were inspired by "Islamic State" (IS) but did not belong to the group, added Zaryn.

The suspects were trying to recruit Poles who had converted to Islam, according to Total.kz.

Authorities arrested the Tajiks based on evidence compiled by the Polish Internal Security Agency.

Other European countries have arrested accused Tajik extremists in recent weeks.

On April 15, German authorities announced the arrest of five Tajik nationals suspected of forming an IS cell to attack US forces in Germany.

About two weeks later, Albanian authorities announced the arrest of a Tajik citizen who, according to their German colleagues, belonged to that IS cell.

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