2016-02-08 12:54:00

Seven ISIL members preparing terror attacks in Moscow, St. Petersburg detained in Yekaterinburg

Moscow, February 8, Interfax - The Russian Federal Security Service has reported the detention of seven members of ISIL, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, in Yekaterinburg; the men intended to depart for Syria upon the perpetration of terror attacks.

"On February 7, 2016, in Yekaterinburg, the Russian FSB detained seven members of a ring comprising of citizens of Russia and the Central Asian region affiliated to the ISIL international terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, who were preparing high-profile terror attacks by use of improvised explosive devices in the territories of Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region," the FSB public relations center told Interfax on Monday.

The group was led by a member of the aforesaid terrorist organization, who had come from the territory of Turkey.

A laboratory producing improvised explosive devices, explosives, electric detonators, firearms, grenades, component parts for improvised explosive devices and extremist books were found during searches of the detained men's residences.

"It has been established that, after the perpetration of terror attacks, the detainees planned to go to Syria and join the fight on the side of ISIL," the FSB public relations center said.

A criminal case was opened against the detainees on the counts of 'terror attack', 'illegal arms turnover' and 'illegal storage of explosives'.

Search and investigative procedures are underway to uncover criminal connections of the detainees.