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    Russian Security Forces Bust Criminal Ring Suspected of Daesh Ties in Dagestan

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    Russian police and security forces in the Dagestan region busted a criminal ring suspected of having ties with Daesh terrorist group, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Committee said the Islamist cell was made up of four members and plotted attacks on authorities and law enforcement agencies in Dagestan.

    "An NAC Staff-backed operation by FSB [Federal Security Service] and the Interior Ministry forces in the Republic of Dagestan disrupted activities of a clandestine criminal cell linked to the international terrorist organization, Daesh," a NAC statement read.

    "According to data at our disposal, all of them were part of a so-called IS sleeper cell and took part in attacks on local residents," the NAC statement read.

    One suspected Islamist was tracked down to a private home in the city of Derbent after police were tipped off about his whereabouts. He was killed in a shootout with police, while the remaining three members were detained at other locations.

    Dagestan is a hotbed of Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus. Multiple violent attacks have plagued the region over the past decade.


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