Russian police catch road murders gang

Russian police have detained members of a gang accused of killing people on roads in the Moscow region, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reported on Friday.

Russian police have detained members of a gang accused of killing people on roads in the Moscow region, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reported on Friday.

"A Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent has learned from our sources in law enforcement agencies that several people immediately involved with this gang have been detained over the past few weeks. According to the police, several more persons have not yet been detained. That is why all details of the operation will be made public later," the newspaper said.

One of the suspects was tracked down in the Ramenskoye district of the Moscow region.

"The police reported that the gang member threw a grenade at policemen as they detained him. A nearby house caught fire. The criminal was killed in a shootout. Scores of weapons were found at the scene of the fire in the morning," according to the article.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that most members of this gang have already been detained. There are several women among them.

All crimes committed by this gang on roads in the Moscow region followed the same scenario, the newspaper said. Barbs were scattered on the road to pierce vehicles' tires, and when motorists got out of their cars to fix a flat tire, gang members killed them. Other people traveling in these cars were also killed. Their dead bodies were found in the Stupino and Istra districts of the Moscow region.

"The gang members called themselves a jamaat. This is what radical Islamists call themselves. The gang members killed people because they were non-Muslims. This is how they understood their mission," the newspaper said.

It was announced a month ago that law enforcement agencies and special services had set up a task force responsible for catching the gang, Rossiyskaya Gazeta said.

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