The leader of Chechnya in Russia's North Caucasus, Ramzan Kadyrov, has announced the detention of three members of the Islamic State (ISIS) international terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia, on Chechen territory.
"There were three people: two sympathizers and one newly recruited [member]. We tracked them down and detained them," Kadyrov told the Russian News Service on Friday.
ISIS has begun recruiting people from respected families "because they know that if a member of such a family says something it will sound significant," he said.
"For this reason, they are doing everything, whatever they need to recruit such a person rather than 100 others," Kadyrov said.
Measures to identify ISIS terrorists and recruiters are being taken not only in the republic, he said.
"We are sending people to Syria to bring them back and return those who have not yet reached [Syria] and have not taken part [in the fighting]," the Chechen leader said.
He reiterated the need to counter radical ideas both by methods of force and intelligence, as well as with the help of awareness-raising, by explaining that terrorists interpret the Quran incorrectly.
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