05:07 GMT15 July 2020
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    A Daesh cell in Russia's second largest city was planning to carry out a terrorist attack on December 16 involving suicide bombers, the federal security service (FSB) said on Friday.

    The FSB has foiled a terrorist plot by Daesh affiliates, who were planning several separate attacks in Saint Petersburg. According to their plan, the FSB said, a suicide bomber was supposed to blow himself up in a "religious facility," while other members of the cell would detonate home-made explosive devices in order to inflict civilian deaths.

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    Seven members of the terror cell have been detained. One of those detained has so far admitted his guilt, Russian media reported citing FSB.

    It was also revealed by the authorities that terrorists were taking instructions from abroad via the Telegram messenger.

    During the special operation, the operatives also destroyed a laboratory that the suspects reportedly used to manufacture explosive devices. The officers have also seized weapons, ammunition and extremist books.

    The news comes amid reports that the Moscow District Court of St. Petersburg has authorized the arrest of Tajik citizen Umar Makhmadiyev, who was suspected of attempted involvement in Daesh activities. The arrested man reportedly planned to join the terrorist group or commit an act of terrorism in St. Petersburg.

    Terrorists have been targeting Saint Petersburg in recent months. On April 2, the city's metro was rocked by an explosion that was launched by a suicide bomber. Some sixteen people, including the perpetrator, were killed in the attack.

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