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Russia Detains Five Suspects With Alleged Links To Islamic State


Russia's security service says it has detained five suspects with ties to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group who were plotting to carry out attacks in the country.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said on November 15 that it had "thwarted the activities of a group created to perpetrate crimes of a terrorist and extremist nature" in Moscow and the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia.

"Five members of this criminal group were detained as a result of an operation," during which five firearms, two homemade bombs, and various types of ammunition were found at the suspects' homes, a statement said.

It did not specify when or where the operation took place.

The FSB said on November 12 it had detained 10 people with alleged links to the IS group and accused them of planning terrorist attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It said the suspects were detained in an operation in conjunction with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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