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Tajik authorities are investigating a video purporting to show a Tajik jihadist in Syria, identified as Nusrat Nazarov, along with 21 other fighters. In the video, Nazarov denounces prominent Tajik mullah Hoji Mirzo Ibronov, who has said there is no holy war in Syria. Nearly 200 Tajiks are thought to have gone to Syria to fight, and some are known to have joined al Qaeda-linked groups there, including the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
Authorities arrested 10 Tajik nationals in the capital city of Dushanbe who were allegedly planning a series of attacks, including a hostage siege, on government facilities in four Dushanbe districts. Among those arrested is the group's leader, Alamurod Makhanov, who had trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan. The alleged ringleader of the group, which is said to have trained in Waziristan, is also linked to a 2010 bomb attack on a Dushanbe nightclub.
Police discovered two underground madrassas near Dushanbe after investigating the kidnapping of a boy last week. Russian media reports alleged that some of the children at the schools had been kidnapped, but Tajikistan's Interior Minister said the children were studying at the unregistered Islamic schools with their parents' consent.
Authorities arrested six suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan from a village in the south near the Afghan border. In the northern province of Sugd, four residents were arrested for concealing information on IMU militants. Security forces killed one alleged IMU member and arrested nine others in Sughd on Jan. 18.