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JALAL-ABAD, February 20 (TCA) — Kyrgyz security officers have arrested five members of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir organization in southern city of Jalal-Abad, RFE/RL reported.

“The officers found and confiscated a large amount of extremist books and digital data recorders at residences of 5 members of extremist group,” Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (SCNS) said in a statement.

As KyrTAG noted, SCNS commenced criminals cases according to Article 299-2 (acquisition, keeping, transportation, transference of extremist materials or their preparation with an attempt of distribution and intended appliance of symbol and emblems of extremist organizations) of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

The Kyrgyz government and a number of other CIS countries have banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir, branding its supporters as “extremists.”

Since last summer, several alleged members of the banned organization have been arrested in towns across Kyrgyzstan.

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