BISHKEK, July 15 (Xinhua) -- An active leader of Hizb-ut Tahrir al-Islami, a religious extremist organization, has been detained in Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the country's Interior Ministry reported on Monday.
The detainee, 41-year-old M.M., is an active leader of the organization in the south Jalal-Abad Oblast of the country, as well as in Chui Oblast. He was wanted from November 2018 for the purchase, manufacture, storage, distribution, transportation and shipment of extremist materials, as well as the deliberate use of symbols or attributes of extremist organizations, said the report.
During the detention, M.M. showed active physical resistance. A large amount of literature and electronic media with materials from the banned religious organization Hizb-ut Tahrir was seized.
According to preliminary data, the man, hiding from law enforcement agencies, actively carried out extremist activities of Hizb-ut Tahrir, at the same time he recruited citizens from the socially vulnerable groups of the population, and also systematically attended meetings of leaders of the extremist underground, where they discussed further plans to spread extremist ideology on the territory of the republic, the report said.
The activities of about 20 different extremist and terrorist organizations are prohibited in Kyrgyzstan.