Islamic Sect Found Living Underground

    Members of an underground sect in Russia's Volga River province of Tatarstan province stand at the gate of a house outside the provincial capital, Kazan, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.  The reclusive sect that literally went underground to stop contact with the outside world kept 27 children in dark and unheated cells, many of them for more than a decade, prosecutors said Wednesday. The children have been freed and the parents charged with child abuse.Some of the children, aged between 1 and 17, have never seen daylight, health officials said. The sect's 83-year-old founder Faizrakhman Satarov, who declared himself a Muslim prophet in contradiction with the principles of Islam, has also been charged with negligence, Irina Petrova, deputy prosecutor in the provincial capital of Kazan, told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/ Nikolay Alexandrov)

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    Russian investigators have discovered 70 members of an Islamist sect living in an eight-story underground bunker near the city of Kazan. It's believed that the members have been below ground for a decade, including 20 children, many of whom have never been exposed to sunlight. The group is called the Fayzarahmanist sect, and they're followers of a self-declared prophet who tried to create his own independent Islamic state in the '70s. A criminal investigation has been opened into the unusual community, but no arrests have been made.

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