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The police in Azerbaijan’s Sumgait City detained eleven people for disseminating radical Islamist material, in which they condemn the Eurovision Song Contest’s holding in Baku. 

One of the arrestees is the owner of a local store called Islam. The police searched his store and discovered CDs that condemn the holding of Eurovision in Baku and preach radical Islam, APA News Agency of Azerbaijan reports.  

Earlier, such CDs and leaflets were found at the entrances of several buildings in Baku and Sumgait; they are believed to have been prepared in Iran. 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will be held in Baku between Tuesday and Saturday.

Religious Islamists had threatened the Contest participants at an earlier time, and, in April, an Islamic website issued a statement informing that attacks will be carried out against the contestants.

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