2015-10-12 16:26:00

Islamists detained in central Moscow were trained in ISIL, planned terrorist attack in public transport - FSB (updated)

Moscow, October 12, Interfax - Several people suspected of preparing a terrorist attack, who have been detained in a Moscow apartment, were trained in ISIL camps and arrived in Russia long before the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) public relations center told Interfax on Monday.

"An address in Moscow was determined, which was periodically visited by six to ten people, some of which received combat training in Islamic State (banned in Russia) camps on the territory of Syria and arrived in Russia long before the beginning of the Russian military operation in this country," the Russian Federal Security Service public relations center said.

The source did not specify how many people were detained. In the meantime, "a questioning of two detainees showed that they planned to carry out a terrorist attack in Moscow public transport," the Russian Federal Security Service said.

The source said a criminal case has been opened on the basis of three articles of the Criminal Code: preparations for a terrorist attack, illegal weapons turnover and illegal turnover of explosives based on the fact of preparations for a terrorist attack in Moscow, which has been averted by the special services.

The public relations center said that "operational search activities conducted by Federal Security Service officials revealed a group of Russian citizens who were preparing a terrorist attack in the Moscow Region."

"The address where the ill-minded people were was blocked using the operative information and the people who were there were detained," the Federal Security Service said.

A search of the residence yielded an explosive substance, the report says. "For that reason, residents were evacuated from the building, the gas supply was switched off, and a gas technical laboratory of the Federal Security Service's Department for Moscow and the Moscow Region arrived at the scene. A sapper examination yielded an explosive (five kilos) produced from ammonia nitrate," the Federal Security Service said.

The subsequent search of the apartment yielded the following: an industrial electric detonator, scales for the exact measurement of proportions of explosive substances, cell communications equipment, a set of tools and instructions on how to make an explosive device.

"The detainees received from ringleaders money and components for making improvised explosive devices to organize and perpetrate a terrorist attack," the Federal Security Service said.

The source said all the detainees have been taken to investigators' offices so that urgent procedural actions can be taken in relation to them.