by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2017
Russia’s FSB security service on Aug. 14 said it foiled a plot by Islamic State (ISIS) to carry out mass-casualty bombings in Moscow shopping centers, public transportation and other soft targets.
According to Russian media reports, two Russian-born ISIS recruits were among four suspects arrested during an FSB raid on a bomb-making laboratory outside Moscow.
The FSB described one of the detainees as an “emissary from the Islamic State.”
“The agency released a video in which its agents inspect a house used by the group to make explosives while two suspects lie down on the floor in handcuffs. It didn’t say when the arrests took place,” adds the Associated Press.
According to Russian state propaganda outlet RT.com, an FSB statement said that materials collected in the Moscow raid match a peroxide-based explosive called “Mother of Satan,” which has been used in high-profile terrorist attacks in Manchester, Paris, and Brussels over the past few years.
An estimated 3,000 to 9,000 ISIS recruits are from Russia and former Soviet nations in Central Asia.
In November 2016, five jihadists linked to ISIS who were planning to attack Moscow and the Caucasus were arrested, Newsweek reported.
The October 2015 bombing of a Russian jetliner over Egypt was also attributed to ISIS.