Russian security agency detains 69 members of Islamic group

The raid follows a series of arrests of suspects accused of involvement in radical and extremist Islamic groups in Russia.

14 November 2017 | 15:28

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 14 November 2017 | 15:28

This photo shows tourists walking next to the walls of the Vysokopetrovsky Monastery in downtown Moscow on November 8, 2017. (AFP Photo)

MOSCOW: Russia's top domestic security agency has detained 69 suspected members of an outlawed Islamic group during a raid near Moscow, according to the agency's statement.

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said the suspects belonged to Tablighi Jamaat, a global Sunni Islamic missionary movement that has been banned in Russia as an extremist group.

The FSB said it detained the suspected group members during Tuesday's raid and confiscated the group's literature. It said natives of formerly Soviet Central Asian nations led the Moscow cell of the group.

The raid follows a series of arrests of suspects accused of involvement in radical and extremist Islamic groups in Russia.



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