MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has thwarted a terrorist plot targeting a police station in Pyatigorsk, hatched by supporters of the international terrorist organization Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) who were hunted down and arrested, the FSB's Center for Public Relations (CPR) told TASS on Monday.
"The Federal Security Service on the territory of the Stavropol Region foiled a terrorist attack at a law enforcement facility. In Pyatigorsk, the criminal activity of a clandestine cell of supporters of the international terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) was uncovered and suppressed," the Center for Public Relations noted. It included citizens of Central Asian countries. "They were plotting to carry out a sabotage and terrorist attack on a city police department building on the instructions of foreign emissaries," the FSB specified.
Members of the cell were taken into custody. "The detainees confessed to the crime," the FSB reported.
The Federal Security Service noted that during searches at the suspects’ places of residence, they found and seized components and striking elements which the perpetrators acquired for the manufacture of a homemade explosive device, as well as assembly diagrams, symbols of the outlawed organization, and means of conspiratorial communication, which revealed correspondence with active members of the cell and exposed their criminal intentions.
The investigating authorities initiated criminal proceedings based on crimes under Article 30 part 1 and Article 205 part 2 of the Russian Criminal Code (preparation for an act of terrorism).