Russia Detains Nearly 300 Muslims in Terrorism Probe

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Russian police detained nearly 300 Muslims from several countries in Saint Petersburg as part of a probe into suspected calls to terrorism, investigators said Saturday.

They said in a statement that "271 people including citizens of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, nationals of Russia's North Caucasus and an Egyptian and an Afghani were detained to verify their suspected involvement in terrorist activity".

The Federal Security Service (FSB) and police carried out the operation on Friday in the Apraskine Dvor central market where Muslims are known to work and pray.

The authorities did not say whether they had released the people, but immigration officials said Saturday that 10 of them would be deported, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

One of those detained, 25-year-old Murat Sarbashev from the Caucasian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, is suspected of posting extremist literature and videos of terrorist acts on the Internet, the investigators said.

They added that all 271 were detained as part of an investigation into "calls for terrorist acts" and "incitement to hatred", without elaborating.

FSB spokesman Dmitri Kochetkov said they recovered extremist literature at the market.

Comments 5
Missing rafehh 10 February 2013, 02:40

What a racist!

Missing rafehh 10 February 2013, 02:41

Bigotry and hatred knows no bound in your world.

Missing rafehh 10 February 2013, 03:01

Gabby - are you nuts!!! Both you and Josh are mossad agents or wannabe. You want to cause fitna. If you truly believed the garbage you are spouting, then you must really have christian arabs. Insult them and their religion!!!

Missing rafehh 10 February 2013, 03:12

Funny how mossad agents like josh and gabby claim to care for christians then they insult muslims (and especially sunnis) who respectively for 95 and 80 percent of arabs. Gabby takes it much further into the realm of the obscene. What they are both trying to do is to create fitna. Those who curse or insult "sunni", "shia", "allawi", "maronite", "qobt", etc are doing the bidding of israel whethr they know it or not. Israel thrives when the region is divided and on each other throats. Some here do not know that they are serving israeli interest and I beg them to keep discussion political and not sectarian. In the case of Josh and Gabby, they care only about israel and nothing else and are intentionally trying to cause a fitna.

Missing rafehh 10 February 2013, 03:13

Funny how mossad agents like josh and gabby claim to care for christians then they insult muslims (and especially sunnis) who respectively for 95 and 80 percent of arabs. Gabby takes it much further into the realm of the obscene. What they are both trying to do is to create fitna. Those who curse or insult "sunni", "shia", "allawi", "maronite", "qobt", etc are doing the bidding of israel whethr they know it or not. Israel thrives when the region is divided and on each other throats. Some here do not know that they are serving israeli interest and I beg them to keep discussion political and not sectarian. In the case of Josh and Gabby, they care only about israel and nothing else and are intentionally trying to cause a fitna.