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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Russian authorities detain 300 Muslims in terrorism probe

MOSCOW -- Russian police detained nearly 300 Muslims from several countries in Saint Petersburg as part of a probe into suspected calls to terrorism.
"At least 271 people including citizens of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, nationals of Russia's North Caucasus and an Egyptian and an Afghani were detained to verify their suspected involvement in terrorist activity," the police said in a release.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) and police carried out the operation on Friday in the Apraskine Dvor central market where Muslims are known to work and pray, AFP has reported.

The authorities did not say whether they had released the people, but immigration officials said Saturday that ten of them would be deported, RIA Novosti has reported.

One of the detained persons, 25-year-old Murat Sarbashev from the Caucasian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, is suspected of posting extremist literature and videos of terrorist acts on the Internet, the investigators said.

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