22 December 2016, 18:41
Moscow security officers detain members of Tablighi Jamaat extremist cell led by foreign emissaries
Moscow, December 22, Interfax - The Russian Federal Security (FSB) has announced having shut down, in a joint operation with the Interior Ministry supported by National Guard forces, an illegal cell of the Tablighi Jamaat international extremist organization banned in Russia, which operated in the Moscow Region.
"The FSB of Russia, jointly with the Interior Ministry and with the assistance of National Guard forces, discontinued the illegal activity of an organized, deeply secretive entity of the international religious organization Tablighi Jamaat as a result of measures carried out in the Moscow region on December 22," a spokesperson for the FSB in Moscow and Moscow Region told Interfax on Thursday.
Seven members of the cell, including its leaders, have been detained as part of a criminal inquiry launched by FSB investigators, the spokesperson said.
"During searches [officers] seized literature, communication means and electronic data storage devices with progress reports," the FSB said.
While leadership of the extremist cell was carried out by foreign emissaries, its operations also involved Russian citizens, according to the FSB.
"Members of the Tablighi Jamaat cell operated amid heightened secrecy, disguised from law enforcement agencies. The arrested members of the organization had called on Moscow region Muslims to unite, and got them involved in illegal activity. In the process, they brainwashed their new supporters, studied banned literature and discussed plans to create an Islamic Caliphate on Russian territory," the FSB said.
New recruits were sent to training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the FSB said.