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Russia says it thwarted ISIS attack on Moscow shul

The terrorists were "neutralized" during a raid in Kaluga.

Moscow. Credit: Peggy Marco/Pixabay.
Moscow. Credit: Peggy Marco/Pixabay.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday that it thwarted a planned ISIS terrorist attack on a synagogue in Moscow.

The Islamic State cell, based in Kaluga, 93 miles southwest of the capital, planned to attack Jewish worshippers with firearms, the security agency said.

“While being arrested, the terrorists put up armed resistance to the Russian FSB officers, and as a result were neutralized by return fire,” the statement read, as quoted by the TASS news agency.

“Firearms, ammunition as well as components for the manufacture of an improvised explosive device were found and seized,” the FSB added.

Zvezda, a state-owned TV network run by the Russian Ministry of Defense, showed security personnel searching a house. Two bodies can be seen in the footage, along with firearms, ammunition and knives.

According to the FSB, the terrorists were members of the Afghan branch of ISIS.

“The investigative unit of the FSB Directorate for the Kaluga Region opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 30, part 2 art. 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (preparation for a terrorist attack),” the statement concluded.

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