05:23 GMT05 August 2020
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    According to an official statement, the terrorists were planning several attacks on schools and hospitals. The news comes days after the FSB detained a Daesh* sympathiser who was planning a terrorist attack in the Astrakhan region.

    "The FSB [Federal Security Service] of Russia in the Rostov Region has uncovered and stopped the activities of an underground cell of Daesh supporters, which included six citizens of one of the Central Asian countries and Russia. They planned attacks on police officers and planned terrorist acts on medical and educational institutions ", the official statement from the service said.

    Russian Federal Security Service officers. File photo
    © Photo : Public relations center of Federal Security Service
    Russian Federal Security Service officers. File photo

    According to reports, the head of the cell detonated a home-made explosive device, killing himself, while the five other members were arrested by the authorities. During the raid, officers found weapons, explosive devices, and drugs in the suspects' apartments. An investigation into the activity of the group is underway.

    * Daesh, also known as IS/ ISIS/ ISIL/ Islamic State is a terrorist group, banned in Russia

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