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    MOST TERRORISTS INVOLVED IN EXPLOSIONS IN UZBEKISTAN ARRESTED

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    TASHKENT, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - The most part of terrorists involved in explosions in Uzbekistan from March 28 to April 1 have been arrested, Rashitzhon Kadyrov, the republic's prosecutor general, said at a Friday briefing.

    According to his data, 54 people have been detained on suspicion of involvement in terrorist acts; 45 of them have been accused. All of them, including 15 women, were arrested.

    The prosecutor general said the personalities of 30 killed terrorists have been established. Others will be identified after a DNA analysis.

    Several terrorist acts were committed in Tashkent, the Tashkent and Bukhara regions in Uzbekistan from March 28 to April 1. Tens of people were killed or wounded.

    According to Mr. Kadyrov's data, as part of the investigation of terrorist acts, over 1,000 investigation activities were carried out, and 700 witnesses and victims were questioned.

    During the examination of the scene and searches at criminals' homes, a large number of firearms and ammunition, explosive devices, religious literature and leaflets, and forged IDs were confiscated.

    According to preliminary data, all confiscated explosive devices are homemade. The examination of the confiscated weapons showed that except for three handguns seized by criminals from policemen, they were not registered in law enforcement bodies.

    232 forensic examinations are being conducted on all confiscated material evidence.

    The investigators established that from 2000, several groups of "Jamaats" were active in Tashkent, the Bukhara and Tashkent regions.

    In Mr. Kadyrov's words, group members were under constant ideological pressure through audio and video production and literature calling to a forcible overthrow of the constitutional system, and creation of an Islamic state with a prospect of establishing a common "Khalifat." Being beyond Uzbekistan, the head of the criminal organization masterminded the activity of "Jamaats", their connections with international extremist organizations, ensured financing and combat training in special camps.

    There is evidence of the detainees saying that their training in sabotage camps was carried out by Arab instructors who had trained Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Mr. Kadyrov said.

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