MOSCOW, Nov. 12 (Press Shia) – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained an ISIL-linked group suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Moscow, St. Petersburg, the FSB press service said Saturday.

According to the FSB, the terrorist group consists of 10 nationals of Central Asian states. They testified about links with ISIL 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.

“The Federal Security Service with the support of the Russian Interior Ministry and in cooperation with foreign partners in the Republic of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan stopped the activity of an inter-regional terrorist group consisting of nationals of the Central Asian region, planning to commit a series of terrorist attacks in Moscow St. Petersburg using automatic weapons and home-made high-capacity explosive devices.”

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

SPUTNIK/Press Shia