Takfir wal-Hijra members arrested in Kazakhstan

Staff Report

ASTANA -- Kazakhstani authorities have recently detained 16 members of the banned extremist group Takfir wal-Hijra, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Wednesday (December 21), quoting the country's National Security Committee (KNB).

The round-up is on-going in Almaty city and in Almaty, Aktobe and Atyrau provinces, the KNB said.

Takfir wal-Hijra, an Egyptian-founded organisation, is suspected of links to al-Qaeda. It is on several countries' lists of terrorist groups and was banned in Kazakhstan in 2014.

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