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    19 SUSPECTED TERRORIST ACCOMPLICES DETAINED IN UZBEKISTAN

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    TASHKENT, APRIL 2. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- Nineteen persons suspected for involvement in the terrorist acts committed in Uzbekistan this week have been detained.

    "As of today, nineteen persons, four women among them, suspected for involvement in the acts of terrorism have been detained", Rashid Kadyrov, Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan, told the Friday briefing in the prosecutor's office of Uzbekistan.

    Forged documents, now being checked for origin, have been seized from them, he said.

    During the investigation, they were found having 55 self-made explosive devices in the form of belts; 72 plastic half-litre bottles with explosives, powdered aluminium and ammonium nitrate; as well as other components for making self-made bombs.

    "Investigation has trustworthy information on the commitment of the crimes by one criminal ring controlled from a centre. The bulk of them have undergone combat training outside our republic. This makes us think that the terrorist acts committed in Uzbekistan are the intrigues of international terrorist organisations", the prosecutor general said.

    The developments in Uzbekistan cause great anxiety in the East. China is going to take the most active part in work of the Antiterrorist Programmes Centre, established recently at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (its members are Uzbekistan, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia and Tajikistan). Islamabad is in permanent contact with the government of Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan: Pakistani soldiers are now combating militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who are fighting on the side of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

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