Russia detains 15 suspected members of banned Islamic group in Moscow

November 27, 2013 15:06

MOSCOW - Russian security forces detained 15 suspected Islamist militants in Moscow on Wednesday after confiscating improvised bombs and other weapons in a raid on an apartment, the Interior Ministry said.

It said in a statement that the detainees were members of a group called Takfir Wal-Hijra, which was banned in Russia as a religious extremist organization in 2010, and were led by a man who had come to Moscow after studying in Arab states.

Russia has tightened security in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, which it will hold in the southern resort city of Sochi in February, and President Vladimir Putin has staked a lot of personal prestige on organizing a successful Games.

Fourteen people were detained in the raid and the 15th was detained separately, the Interior Ministry said.

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