Russia’s security agencies said they have arrested seven people suspected of preparing New Year’s terror attacks in Moscow on orders from the Islamic State group in Syria.
Russia’s main domestic security agency, the FSB, said on December 29 that its agents arrested the suspects in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan. The FSB said the suspects were preparing attacks with automatic weapons and explosives in crowded places.
Islamist insurgents in Dagestan have mounted frequent attacks on police and officials, and some have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.
In light of the New Year’s threat, authorities in Moscow plan to increase measures to protect revellers at festivities, including using trucks to block potential vehicle attacks.