Authorities have detained a group of Islamic State militants in southern Russia’s turbulent Caucasus Mountain region of Dagestan, a news report said on Thursday.
The report said that the three militants were preparing a terrorist attack in Russia and revealed information about an abandoned house where they were keeping explosives.
It reported that about a tonne of explosives were found in the building, citing authorities in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt district, which borders Chechnya.
It added that for decades, Russia has struggled with a homegrown Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus Mountain regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.
According to International Crisis Group, an anti-war organization, the insurgency has quieted down in recent years as many of the militants went to Syria to join IS and other extremist groups.
Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that during Russia’s military operation in Syria, it eliminated over 2,000 rebels who had come to Syria from Russia, including 17 rebel field commanders. (dpa/NAN)