2 Islamic extremists arrested in Siberia

Two men have been arrested in Siberia on suspicion of belonging to the outlawed Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a news agency reported Thursday. Mikhail Kapeko, an official with Prosecutor General's branch for the Tyumen region in western Siberia, said the suspects had been accused of spreading the group's ideology and recruiting new members, according to the Interfax news agency. "The organization was eliminated before it had a chance to begin plotting any terrorist attacks," Kapeko was quoted as saying. Hizb ut-Tahrir, or the Liberation Party, advocates the creation of an Islamic state in Central Asia and has been banned in Russia as well as in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The group claims to reject violence.