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Daghestani ‘Islamic State militants’ detained in Moscow

16 October 2017
(Screenshot /Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee)

Four natives of Daghestan have been detained in Moscow accused by the National Antiterrorism Committee of being supporters of the Islamic State.

The four men of Daghestani origin were detained on 13 October. A source in Daghestan’s law enforcement told OC Media they received information about their whereabouts from their operatives.

‘They lived in Moscow but they were preparing a terrorist act in Daghestan. The names of the young men have not been disclosed yet. We only know that these are young people between 22 and 30 years of age’, the source said.

A statement on the website of the National Antiterrorism Committee describes the men as ‘members of a so-called sleeper cell of this criminal organisation’.

‘Currently the detainees are providing detailed confessions about their contacts with ISIS emissaries, and about the preparation of their high profile terrorist acts using improvised explosive devices and non–firearm weapons on the territory of the Republic of Daghestan in places of mass congregations of people during major public events, as well as the attempted assassinations of law enforcement officers and servicemen’, the statement says.

The men have not yet been charged, but according to OC Media’s source, the men will be tried in Moscow.