Tashkent, October 30, Interfax - People with origins in Uzbekistan who have fought for terrorist groups abroad are trying to illegally cross into the republic and to hide in its territory, local media wrote on Friday with reference to law enforcement authorities.
"Some militants who are deserting under the pressure of governmental forces of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to find shelter in the territory of our country," security service officers told members of local self-government bodies in the Navoiy District of western Uzbekistan.
The media said the police asked citizens to be vigilant.
"The extremists are being helped across the border by persons who place their personal interests above the interests of their homeland and its people. So, we should be more careful and vigilant," the security service officers said.
Sixteen members of the outlawed extremist religious organization Hizb ut-Tahrir were detained in Tashkent on October 29. The Uzbek Interior Ministry said the detainees had fallen under the influence of the Hizb ut-Tahrir ideology outside the country and forcibly indoctrinated their wives and underage children after returning home.