Russian authorities say they have arrested 10 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group and accused the group of planning simultaneous terrorist attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the government daily newspaper of official record, reported on November 13 that the 10 suspects were members of an IS cell that was planning attacks similar to the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, that killed 130 people.
The report described the 10 suspects as citizens of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan who had an arsenal of assault rifles and shrapnel-filled bombs.
Authorities said they think the group planned to carry out attacks in Russian cities to mark the anniversary of the Paris attacks, which included a massacre of 90 people at a rock concert Paris's Bataclan theater.
In Paris on November 12, the Bataclan reopened for its first concert since the massacre there a year earlier.
The performance by Sting, the former singer of The Police rock band, was an emotional event attended by many grieving parents and survivors of terrorist attack there.
Based on reporting by dpa, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and The Guardian