Attack near Moscow: Alleged accomplices arrested in Dagestan


Members of a terrorist cell made up of foreign nationals arrested Sunday during a counterterrorism operation in the Russian Caucasus republic of Dagestan provided money and weapons to the perpetrators of the March 22 attack on the Crocus City Hall concert hall, the Russian security service (FSB) announced on Monday.

“On March 31, in the Republic of Dagestan, the Russian FSB foiled the activities of a terrorist cell composed of four foreign citizens who were preparing a terrorist act in Kaspiysk,” the FSB said in a statement, noting that the arrested individuals were “directly involved in financing and providing means of terror to the perpetrators of the terrorist act committed on March 22 in the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Moscow.”

According to the FSB, the suspects carried out reconnaissance operations in Dagestan, made a homemade explosive device and acquired automatic weapons.

After the attack which left at least 144 dead in the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk, a town located about twenty kilometers northwest of the capital, the suspects intended to leave Russia.

The Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK) reported on Sunday that FSB special forces had arrested armed individuals involved in terrorist activities in Makhachkala and Kaspiysk. The latter had in their possession automatic weapons, ammunition and a ready-to-use homemade explosive device.

Furthermore, a court in the capital on Monday placed a tenth suspect in pre-trial detention until May 22, for alleged involvement in the deadly attack on Crocus City Hall.

The suspect, originally from Tajikistan like the majority of other suspects heard by courts in the capital, is accused of “terrorism” and of having “transferred money to an accomplice” a few days before the attack in order to “ensure the accommodation of terrorists”, according to the press service of the Moscow courts.

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