Turkey detains 'pan-Islamists'
Nearly 200 suspected members of banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir detained by police.
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2009 13:57 GMT

Turkish police have detained nearly 200 suspected members of the organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir in raids in 23 provinces across the country.

Police said they confiscated a number of documents on Friday linking the suspects to the group which is banned in Turkey.

Founded in 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks to unite all Muslims into a single state and says its means are peaceful.

Uzbekistan blames the group for bombings in Tashkent, the capital, in 2004, which killed several people, an accusation the London-based group denies.

Turkish police have often detained members of the group in the past.

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