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FSB foils extremist cell ‘run by foreign emissaries’ in Moscow region

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained seven members of the Tablighi Jamaat extremist group. The cell, run by foreign emissaries, was recruiting new followers and planning to establish a ‘caliphate’ in Russia.

Seven members of the Tablighi Jamaat cell, including its leaders, were detained in a joint operation by the FSB, the police, and the Russian National Guard in the Moscow region, according to an official FSB statement. According to RIA news agency, six out of seven detainees were Kyrgyz citizens while another one was Russian.

The clandestine group took great efforts to stay undercover and took special countermeasures to throw the Russian security services off the scent, security officials said.

“The detained members of the Tablighi Jamaat [group] … were recruiting and brainwashing new members in Russia, studied prohibited [extremist] literature and discussed plans to establish an Islamic ‘caliphate’ on Russian territory,” the FSB said in a statement.

The newly-recruited members were then sent to training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the statement said.

The investigators conducted searches of the apartments in which cell leaders were detained, and managed to find extremist literature and communication devices as well as memory drives containing reports about the activities of the cell.

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