Moscow: Russia’s security services have shut down a terrorist group which has been active in Afghanistan against NATO coalition forces, Russian anti-terrorism authorities said on Thursday in a statement.
The National Anti-terrorism Committee’s (NAK) in its statement gave details of a "special operation to neutralise" a "particularly dangerous" group that it said was actively planning terror attacks in Moscow around the time of the Victory Celebrations in May.
NAK claims the suspects were actively involved with the Islamic Party of Turkestan and that they were trained by an internationally recognised terror group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region in 2010. That training involved both ideological instruction and practical training in combat and use of explosives, the statement says.
The statement particularly highlights the claim that they took part in attacks on NATO and allied forces in Afghanistan.
NAK named the man detained on Thursday as Yulai Davletbaev (43) while claiming that he was the chief planner of the thwarted terror attacks in Moscow.
The committee links this latest operation to action taken in May just outside Moscow during which two suspected militants were killed and one detained.