MOSCOW, November 6 (RIA Novosti) — Leaders of the murderous ‘GTA Bandits’, which were caught today in the Moscow area, are said to have been recruiting and training mercenaries for the Islamic State (IS) militant group, LifeNews reports.
Among the gang members captured this morning were several suspected trainees set to travel to Syria in the near future to join the IS, law enforcement officials told journalists.
Police investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the murders of motorists carried out by these gang members in the Moscow region may have served as a ‘rite of passage’ for the future fighters.
Early this morning, police carried out raids on a criminal group known as the ‘GTA Bandits’, who were suspected of murdering 14 people this past summer on secluded highways outside Moscow. Ten of them were captured and one was killed in the raids, police said.