More wariness about Muslim Brotherhood in Central Asia

The government of the predominantly Muslim former Soviet republic banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.
Sunday 02/02/2020
A Muslim Brotherhood supporter looks on during a rally in Istanbul, last March. (AFP)
Expanding foothold. A Muslim Brotherhood supporter looks on during a rally in Istanbul, last March. (AFP)

DUSHANBE -Tajikistan arrested 113 people charged with being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organisation outlawed in the Central Asian country, Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rakhmon said.

Among those arrested during January were two foreigners, one municipal official and more than 20 university professors, Rakhmon said January 28.

The government of the predominantly Muslim former Soviet republic banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan and accused its leadership of plotting a coup. Tajikistan has also blamed Islamists and the Islamic State for deadly attacks on foreign tourists, local prison staff and border guards.

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded more than 90 years ago in Egypt, has a network of affiliated groups across the Middle East and beyond. It is backed by Qatar and Turkey but is considered a terrorist organisation by several Arab countries as well as Russia.

(Reuters) 

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