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Tajikistan puts 16 people fighting for Islamic State on wanted list through Interpol

July 31, 2015, 10:14 UTC+3 DUSHANBE

The list of wanted Islamic State supporters could grow to 600 and more

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DUSHANBE, July 31. /TASS/. Interpol has put on the wanted list 16 Tajik citizens who are accused of involvement with the Islamic State terrorist group at the request of Tajikistan, a spokesman for Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security (SCNS) told TASS on Friday. He noted that "the list of wanted Islamic State supporters could grow to 600 and more people."

"More than 600 our fellow countrymen are fighting in the ranks of Islamic State, their names and presumable locations in Syria, Iraq and partially in Afghanistan, are known to the country’s law enforcement agencies. Criminal cases against them have been opened under the "mercenary activities" article," the spokesman said. "Explanatory work is conducted among relatives of Islamic State supporters, other methods are used, which made it possible to return several young people to their home country."

"Tajikistan will not be able to cope with the growing threat of the ongoing involvement of its young fellow countrymen into the Islamic State ranks, so it is only possible to counter this threat by joining forces of the law enforcement and security agencies of the world community, first and foremost, will our CIS colleagues, especially Russia," he said.

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