Terrorism & Insurgency

Growing counter-terrorism measures in North Caucasus likely to further decrease terrorism risks in Russia

24 April 2019

On 23 April 2019, in Makhachkala, Dagestan, and Grozny, Chechnya, the Russian Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti, FSB) detained five alleged members of the Islamic State, who were allegedly planning terrorist attacks against law enforcement assets, and seized arms, ammunition, and improvised explosive device (IED) components. One of the detained individuals reportedly admitted planning an IED attack using a modified drone.

The latest arrest comes after a report on 19 April by the Russian Security Council head Nikolay Patrushev. He claimed that in 2018 in the North Caucasus, the security services killed 64 alleged Islamist militants, detained 285 militants, and disrupted 37 terrorist cells in the region.

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