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Two Islamic State accomplices detained in Samara suburb ― Russian Federal Security Service

December 15, 2016, 23:01 UTC+3
Security officers seized a home-made explosive device with a yield of about one kilogram of TNT at the apartment of suspects
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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Two accomplices of the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia) have been detained in a special operation in a Samara suburb, Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Thursday.

"On December 15, 2016, officers of the Russian Federal Security Service detained two accomplices of the international terrorist organization Islamic State in the settlement of Zubchaninovka in Samara’s Kirovsky district. The two men are natives and citizens of Central Asian republics," the service said in press statement posted on its official website.

Security officers seized a home-made explosive device with a yield of about one kilogram of TNT at the apartment they lived in. The device was made from components in free circulation following an instruction received from an Islamic State recruiter, the service said.

According to the Federal Security Service, the two men, aged 24 and 21, worked as a dispatch clerk and a furniture-fitter in commercial companies. They were presumably recruited by their fellow countryman whom they helped to obtain a legal status in Russia.

Security officers are verifying information about their possible involvement in combat operations in Syria in Islamic State groups.

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