2015-10-16 10:18:00

Almost 2,500 Russian citizens fighting for Islamic State - Russian interior ministry data

Artek, Crimea, October 16, Interfax - Approximately 2,500 Russian nationals are fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State, or ISIL, the terrorist organization banned in Russia, Russia's first deputy interior minister Alexander Gorovoy revealed.

"Almost 2,500 Russian nationals are currently with this organization," Gorovoy told reporters in Artek, the international youth camp, when asked by Interfax.

The law enforcement agencies are currently undertaking a few measures that are necessary to counteract the threat of terror attacks conducted by followers of ISIL, Gorovoy added.

"In conformity with their joint plans, the law enforcement agencies are undertaking all appropriate operational prevention measures and implementing the package of actions necessary to establish oversight over movements of all such individuals, as well as other relevant measures to mitigate the terrorist threat in the territory of our country," Gorovoy said.