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Two Suspected IS Militants Charged In Moscow

A Moscow court has taken two suspected Islamic State group militants into pretrial detention.

The Lefortovo district court’s spokeswoman Yulia Skotnikova said on September 25 that the suspects -- Akhmed Amirkhanov and Kerim Khatiyev -- both Russian citizens, will stay in pretrial detention center until November 23.

The two men are charged with taking part in the activities of an illegal armed group. They face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

Investigators say the two men fought alongside Islamic militants in Syria. They were detained in Moscow on September 23.

The first deputy director of Russia's Federal Security Service, Sergei Smirnov, said last week that some 2,400 Russians were fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq.

Smirnov also said there were some 3,000 Central Asian nationals fighting with the IS group.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and TASS

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