Russian security agency says it busts IS suicide bomber cell

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Posted: Dec 12, 2017 10:56 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top domestic security agency says it has detained three suspected members of a sleeper cell of the Islamic State group who have been preparing suicide bombings in Moscow.

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said Tuesday that the suspects were plotting a series of suicide attacks in the Russian capital during the New Year's holidays and the presidential election campaign.

The FSB said the suspects, who came from ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia, were manufacturing self-made explosive devices. Monday's search in their rented apartment outside Moscow found explosives along with assault rifles and hand grenades.

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FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said another IS cell was uncovered in the southern Stavropol region.

In April, a suicide bombing in St. Petersburg's subway left 16 dead and wounded more than 50.