Russia detains 19 militants planning attacks: Security service
17 Feb 2021
A security officer stands guard on a street near the Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Moscow, Russia. File/Reuters
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday it had detained 19 suspected militants planning attacks in the North Caucasus.
The FSB said it had seized a suicide belt, homemade bombs and automatic weapons from the suspects this month.
The 19 detainees, suspected members of the Takfir wal-Hijra Islamist group, were spread across the Rostov, Krasnodar and Karachay-Cherkessia regions, as well as Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.