Russian security services have discovered an alleged militants’ workshop where a large cache of suicide belts and IEDs were found. Explosives have been blown up, causing the building to collapse.
The cache of equipment was seized from a building which law
enforcement agencies believe was used by militants as a workshop
and headquarters for future a series of terrorist attacks in
Russia “that could lead to numerous victims.”
According to the country’s National Counter-Terrorism Committee, they seized the cache of three improvised explosive devices, 10 partially assembled suicide bomber belts and three discharge vests.
“In the premises extremist literature and wigs, which could be used to change appearance and to conceal movement to commit terrorist attacks were also found,” the Committee said in a statement.
Security forces continue to investigate who the house belonged to and who lived there.
The cache was seized in the village one day after a fire-fight
with a group of militants in Dagestan. The two gunmen, who were
killed in the clashes, were transporting two powerful bombs with
a combined yield of 100 kilograms of TNT, as well as a smaller
bomb and a number of firearms in their car.
Dagestan, together with the neighboring republics of Chechnya and
Ingushetia, has faced terrorist attacks and potential terrorist
threats since the 1990s. This year alone has seen several deadly
bombings in Dagestan.
Anti-terror missions were stepped up this week after a female
suicide bomber in Volgograd blew up a bus, killing six people with a device
consisting of 500-600 grams of TNT.