Moscow, October 11, Interfax - The authorities in Pakistan have opened a criminal case against three Russian Islamist women for the murder of a female prison guard, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
"On October 8, Russian women detained at the Gaddani Central Prison (Balochistan province, Pakistan) killed a female Pakistani prison guard. They are now facing criminal charges of premeditated murder," the ministry stated on its website.
"The Russian Consulate General in Karachi is trying to clarify the circumstances of what happened," the statement said.
"The Russian women were apprehended by Pakistani law enforcement authorities in the town of Quetta in October 2018 for illegally crossing the Iranian-Pakistani border, and together with their eight underage children were awaiting deportation to Russia," it said.
"According to available information, they are fanatic followers of the ideology of Islamic State, a terrorist group banned in our country, and had tried to infiltrate Pakistan from Afghanistan with a view to joining the so-called Wilayah Khorasan [banned in Russia]," the statement said.
"Russian diplomats are in touch with the law enforcement agencies of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan regarding the matter," it said.