According to the FSB, the terrorist group consists of 10 nationals of Central Asian states. They testified about links with Daesh commanders in the Middle East, aims and accomplices in Russia and other countries.

The terrorist group’s members planned attacks in public places in Moscow, St. Petersburg, using rifles and self-made high-capacity explosives, the FSB said.

An operation conducted on November 12 in Moscow and St. Petersburg resulted in the arrests of 10 terrorists. They had a total of four powerful IEDs in their arsenals, which were seized.

According to the FSB, four self-made bombs stuffed with shrapnel, firearms, ammunition and communications equipment were seized from the detained militants.