Uzbekistan: Police arrest 21 Muslim terrorists linked to Syrian jihadists

BREAKING: Uzbek police have arrested 21 Muslim terrorists linked to Katiba al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, an international terror group operating in Syria.

The terrorists were caught during raids in 18 locations in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

Police said the terrorists were under the “ideological influence” of another Uzbek Muslim terrorist who was a member of the Katiba Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group comprised mostly of Central Asians.

“According to police information, the men were under the ideological influence of Uzbek citizen A. Shodibekov, born in 1996 in Tashkent, who is currently a member of the international terrorist organization in Syria,” the police said.

“They planned to finance the group and consequently join it,” it said, adding the police have seized material evidence and an investigation is underway.

Uzbekistan’s Supreme Court declared Katiba al-Tawhid wal Jihad an international terrorist organization in 2016.