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Tajik security services kill two militants of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

October 21, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from Ferghana News Agency.

Tajik security services kill two militants of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Source:  Ferghana.ru  (citing Interfax)
October 21, 2010  18:01

Tajik security services killed two members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in northern Tajikistan on Thursday, the National Security Committee said, Interfax reports.

Tajik experts said one of the killed militants was the first woman in the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

The operation took place in Childukhatoron, near Isfara, 430 kilometers northeast of Dushanbe, and close to the borders with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

“The Sogd District department of the National Security Committee traced two members of the terrorist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan – Mukhtasar Miramonova and Akram Nasimjon both born in Isfara in 1985 – on October 21,” the committee said.

“The aforesaid individuals resisted the police and were killed in a clash,” the committee said.

They were carrying two Kalashnikov submachine guns with five cartridge clips, a Makarov pistol and an F-1 grenade.

Tajikistan’s Security Service blamed the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) for involvement in organizing the explosion at the headquarters of the Khujand Regional Department for Combating Organized Crime on September 3. Three police officers were killed in the blast and 28 others sustained injuries.

Dozens of IMU and Hizb ut-Tahrir activists are arrested in the region each year. The Sogd Region is the Tajik sector of the Ferghana Valley at the junction between Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, where the influence of various extremist organizations is strong.

The Tajik authorities also blames the IMU for organizing previous bombings, including the explosion in Dushanbe in January and June 2005 and near the Emergency Situations Ministry building in 2007. Ten to 15 IMU members are convicted in Tajikistan annually.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, set up in Afghanistan in 1996, wants all secular governments in Central Asia to be toppled in order to become Islamic states.

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