4 arrested for planning attacks in Moscow

Lester Mason
August 14, 2017

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained ISIS-linked terrorists who were planning attacks on the Moscow public transport system and other crowded places in Moscow.

"The actions of a terrorist group which meant to carry out a series of terrorist attacks in crowded places, including on transport objects and large shopping areas of Moscow with the use of terrorist suicide attackers and powerful explosives were foiled in the Moscow region".

Those detained plotted terrorist attacks on Moscow's transport infrastructure and large marketplaces, the FSB said.

Preliminary investigations suggested that the planned attacks were being organised by IS leaders based in Syria, added the FSB. Their names have not been disclosed so far.

In May, the FSB arrested another group of suspected IS members in May who were also accused of plotting terror attacks in the capital.

It is estimated that more than 4,000 Russian nationals, mostly from predominantly Muslim regions, have fought alongside IS militants in Syria.

They comprised two potential suicide bombers, an explosives expert and a group coordinator.

President Vladimir Putin said in April that some 9,000 militants, about half of them from Russian Federation and the rest from ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, have joined the Islamic State group in Syria.

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