Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has foiled the plot of a terrorist group which planned bombing New Year’s celebrations, followed by targeting the March presidential election.
Russia’s security services thwarted terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, that were to occur during the presidential election campaign and New Year holidays, FSB Director and head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee Aleksandr Bortnikov said on Monday.
The FSB eliminated the terrorist group, from Central Asia, and “confiscated improvised explosive devices from the terrorists, destroyed firearms and ammunition found in their laboratory for the manufacture of terror arsenal,” Bortnikov said at the meeting of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.
Some 78 militants and their accomplices were eliminated and more than 1,000 suspects were detained in Russia in 2017, according to the FSB chief. More than 17,500 foreigners suspected of involvement in terrorist activities were barred from entering Russia.
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