2015-10-20 13:30:00

Over ten natives of Central Asia suspected of involvement with ISIL detained in Moscow area

Moscow, October 20, Interfax - A group of natives of Central Asian countries have been detained in and outside of Moscow and are currently being investigated for their possible involvement with extremist organizations promoting radical Islamist ideas, a source in security services told Interfax on Tuesday.

"More than ten people - natives of Central Asia [countries], including Tajikistan - who could be involved with radical organizations, among them ISIL, were detained in the Moscow Region yesterday as part of preventive operations, as well as according to latest information," he said.

In particular, two of these persons were detained at the Dubrovka shopping mall, located in the south-east of Moscow, the source said.

The preliminary information available indicates that "the detained people could be engaged in recruiting potential supporters of Islamic State, which is outlawed in Russia, and other extremist organizations," the source said.