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Foreigners on way to join Islamic State in Syria detained in Russia’s Far East

February 17, 8:11 UTC+3 YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK

Four detainees have been deported to their home countries and handed over to local authorities for further investigation

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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, February 17. /TASS/. A group of foreign nationals, who tried to enter Syria via third states and join the radical Islamic State group, outlawed in Russia, were detained in Russia’s Far Eastern Sakhalin Island, local border guards department said Friday.

"A group of people from Central Asian countries, who intended to enter Syria via third states to take part in the activities of the Islamic State group, was uncovered in 2016. All of them have resided in Russia illegally," the border guards said in a statement.

One of the detainees was wanted by Uzbekistan for extremism-related crimes and mercenary activities.

At the moment, four detainees were deported to their home countries and handed over to local authorities for further investigation.

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