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Turkey arrests 200 Hizb ut-Tahrir suspects
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 17:56:51 GMT
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Turkey has arrested about 200 suspected members of the outlawed Hizb ut-Tahrir group in simultaneous raids across 23 provinces in the country.

The arrests came on Friday morning in a nationwide operation carried out by Turkish Special Forces, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Over the course of the operation the police also discovered a number of documents linking the suspects to the banned group, Security officials say.

The London-based Hizb ut-Tahrir, originally founded in 1953 in Palestine, seeks to unite Muslims into a pan-Islamic state but says its means are peaceful.

Although the group insists it does not support terrorism, it is outlawed as a religious extremist group in Turkey and a number of other countries.

Uzbekistan has accused Hizb ut-Tahrir of involvement in the 2004 bombings in its capital Tashkent, a claim the group denies.