Tajik national Alisher Toshev was detained at Vilnius Airport on Thursday over national security concerns.
Vilnius Airport
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The Tajik man was deported from Sweden and flown to Lithuania aboard a plane that landed in Vilnius on Thursday, Giedrius Mišutis, head of the Prevention Unit at the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service, confirmed to the Delfi.lt news website.

Upon his detention, Toshev asked for asylum in Lithuania and was placed in special accommodation premises for asylum-seekers at the airport's border control area.

Born in 1978, Toshev came under the radar of law-enforcement for Islamist propaganda, propaganda of violence and approval of terrorism on online social networks.

He attracted further interest from special services in the wake of last April's Stockholm terror attack. It is said that Toshev knew Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek national detained after the attack, and was in constant contact with him.

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