Published on: Oct 26, 2018 @ 21:50 – Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has dismantled an Al Qaeda/ISIS type terrorist cell which the agency claims had planned to execute a series of “high-profile” terrorist attacks in Moscow.
The FSB announced the arrests on Friday in a report which stated that the terrorists arrested in the Moscow region had originated from Central Asia and had a Syrian based liaison.
In the report, the FSB claimed that
“[T]he detained persons planned to carry out high-profile terrorist attacks in Moscow, using both firearms and improvised explosive devices. Automatic firearms had been confiscated during searches, as well as money, communication means, reports about preparations for terrorist attacks, and a manual for putting together homemade explosive devices.”
The FSB further claimed the group had also taken part in other “serious crimes” in order to fund its activities to date. This came in addition to other resources it had reportedly received from abroad, further detailing that “the cell members took every possible effort to keep their activities secret and avoid drawing the attention of law enforcement agencies.”
This comes as both the U.S and the KSA have at various times, threatened Russia with this sort of terrorism. Al Qaeda related terrorism first struck Russia a decade after the Afghan war, when Chechen mujahedeen staged terrorist attacks inside the Russian Federation. Significantly was the Moscow theater hostage crisis from October 23rd through 26th, 2002. In this situation, terrorists seized a crowded Dubrovka Theater with 40 to 50 armed Chechens on 23 October 2002, which involved 850 hostages and ended with the death of at least 170 people. The attackers, led by Movsar Barayev, claimed allegiance to the Islamist separatist movement in Chechnya.
Since that time, the FSB has improved its abilities to deal with terrorism inside the RF.