TASHKENT, July 28 (Xinhua)– Uzbek security service and police forces have detained 15 suspected members of Islamist militant group Katiba al-Tawhid wal-Jihad after a joint raid in southeastern Kashkadarya region.
The detainees were led by a 52-year-old man who had already served a 14-year jail term over extremism charges, the State Security Service said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that they planned to travel to the Middle East to join militant groups.
The man “created a group called ‘Shahids’ in the Telegram messenger app, where he posted audio and video materials of the ideological leaders of religious movements and terrorist organizations,” the security service said.
Material evidence of their illegal activities, including one firearm and pneumatic weapon and cartridges were also found, according to the statement, which added that a criminal investigation was underway.
Uzbek Supreme Court listed Katiba al-Tawhid wal-Jihad as a terrorist organization in 2016. Enditem