Radical Islamists arrested in Moscow with bombs, hand grenades and guns seized

File picture shows police and Interior Ministry troops in central Moscow. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Russia’s interior ministry said on Wednesday its agents had detained 14 radical Islamists in Moscow who belonged to a banned offshoot of the Al-Qaeda terror network.

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MOSCOW: Russia’s interior ministry said on Wednesday its agents had detained 14 radical Islamists in Moscow who belonged to a banned offshoot of the Al-Qaeda terror network.

The ministry said members of Takfir wal-Hijra — a group formed in Egypt in the 1960s and outlawed in Russia in 2010 — had been discovered hiding weapons and explosives in their apartments but provided few other details.

It said the group had been funding its activities by “conducting general crime”.

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