Envelope With White Powder Inside Planted On TV Co. Office in Kazakhstan

ASTANA (RIA NOVOSTI) — An envelope containing white powder, sent by the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation, has been planted on the office of the Art-Studio television channel in Chimkent (a regional centre in the south of Kazakhstan).

Called to the site, Emergency Situations Board officers, policemen and physicians inspected the office and seized the envelope. All the three employees having direct contact with the envelope have been hospitalised. They will spend five days in the isolation hospital.

None has developed any disease symptoms but the doctors are going to monitor their state of health to rule out infection.

The contents of the envelope has been sent to the sanitary-epidemiological inspection. Results of the check will be known several days later.

On information of the Kazinform news agency, the enveloped was brought by an unidentified woman, who passed it to the advertising sector.

In Chimkent on March 2, a person engaged in the circulation of Hizb ut-Tahrir leaflets was sentenced to three years in prison.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Islamic Freedom Party) was established in 1953 in Jerusalem by Appellation Court judge Takiuddin an-Nabhadi.

After his death in December 1977 Palestinian Abdulkarim Zallum, residing in Jordan, became the amir (leader) of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The end goal of Hizb ut-Tahrir is the creation of the Islamic caliphate – a theocratic state like the state of the first caliphs existing at the dawn of Islam — in the territory of the former Soviet Central Asian republics.