MAKHACHKALA, Russia – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested members of ISIS who recruited and sent terrorists to Syria, in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the FSB press service told TASS.
“The Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry have exposed a cell of the IS [ISIS] international terrorist organization, involved in recruiting and sending radicalized residents of Dagestan to Syria to participate in military activities,” the press service said.
According to the FSB, the cell leader and four other members were arrested in Makhachkala city and “induced at least four people into leaving Russia to train at the Islamic State’s [ISIS] camps.”
A large amount of explosives, firearms and munitions were also found by the FSB.
“The FSB’s investigative department has launched a criminal case under Article 205.1.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (assistance to terrorist activities). Articles 222 (illegal arms trafficking) and 222.1 (unlawful acquisition, transfer, sale, storage and transport of explosives and explosive devices) may be included in the case after forensic tests are completed,” the FSB added.