October 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) have uncovered a Moscow-based ISIS sleeper cell that planned to carry out attacks across Russia’s capital.
“After the investigative activities conducted in the Moscow region on September 30, 2017, the Federal Security Service has foiled the illegal activity of a clandestine cell of the Islamic State international terrorist group,” the FSB Public Relations Center said.
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“It was established that the cell’s members planned to carry out some high-profile terror attacks in the form of blasts in some crowded places and along transport infrastructure facilities,” the FSB noted.
“Two powerful ready-to-use improvised explosive devices were found in their apartments and confiscated,” the Public Relations Center said.
According to the FSB, the cell run by foreign emissaries “included Russian citizens from the North Caucasus who are proponents of the unification of all Muslims and believe in establishing the so-called worldwide Islamic caliphate,” the Public Relations Center said.
“Information on the detained individuals is not being disclosed in the interests of the investigation,” the FSB noted.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.