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Security forces arrest members of Daesh cell in Russia, foil planned attacks

The file photo shows members of Russia’s security service (FSB).

Russian security service says it has detained several members of a terror cell run by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in southern Russia, foiling planned “resonant terror attacks” in the country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) said security forces managed to arrest a total of three members of the terror cell in the southwestern region of Rostov.

It further reported that the outfit had planned to launch terror attacks in the region with the use of firearms and improvised explosive devices (IED), adding that the head of the cell was killed after he detonated an IED during the detention operation.

“During an operation, the leader of the cell put up armed resistance and triggered an improvised explosive device, eventually receiving fatal injuries,” the statement said.

The FSB also noted the group had been receiving orders and instructions through emissaries from the main headquarters of Daesh in war-torn Syria, where the terror group has already lost all its strongholds and urban bastions, thanks to counter-terrorism operations by the Syrian government troops, backed by Russian airstrikes.

The statement, however, did not specify where the operation took place, noting only that an AK-47, hand grenades, and IED manuals were discovered at their safe house.

The Russian security service has thwarted a number of terrorist attacks in Russia recently. Back in March, a terror plot by a Daesh-affiliated cell was foiled in the southwestern region of Saratov. In January, the FSB forces also neutralized a Daesh member who planned a terror attack during a local election in the western region of Nizhny Novgorod.

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