Thursday, 29 October 2009

Police Prevent Attempt To Establish Network Of Muslim Extremist Group In Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has announced police officers last Friday arrested representatives of a terrorist organization who, covering with the ideas of Islamic fundamentalism, planned to establish a network of al-Takf.
He said at a press conference in Simferopol on Monday that the extremists planned to pass death sentences on the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, MP Mustafa Jemilev, and on his supporters, and plotted a number of terrorist attacks in Ukraine.Lutsenko said, according to latest reports, the police had launched an investigation into revealing representatives of extremist terrorist organizations. Three people have been arrested in Crimea so far, and one of them started to cooperate with investigators and provided law enforcers with valuable information, he said.As a result, seven response groups, including police officers and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) forces, particularly Alfa paramilitary units, conducted a special operation in Crimea on October 23, at the request of Hennadiy Moskal, the deputy interior minister and chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s main police office in Crimea, he said.Lutsenko also said that authorized searches had been conducted at the seven places of residence of extremists. TNT blocks with detonators, daggers and a large amount of extremist literature were seized at one address in Simferopol.

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