10 detained in Moscow on suspicion of preparing terror attack

An explosive device equivalent to about five kilograms of TNT was seized from the suspects, the source said.

Ten persons have been detained on suspicion of preparing a terror attack in Moscow, a source in the law-enforcement authorities has told Interfax.

He said most detainees were citizens of Central Asian republics.

An explosive device equivalent to about five kilograms of TNT was seized from the suspects, the source said.

The structure of the explosive device was similar to the ones used in the Ankara bombing yet, according to the available information, suicide bombers were behind the explosions in the Turkish capital city and a mobile phone was supposed to set off the bomb in Moscow, he said.

Some of the persons suspected of preparing a terror attack in Moscow are Syrians, source told.

"At least three of the ten detainees come from Syria," he said.

Another source told Interfax earlier that ten people had been seized in downtown Moscow on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.

A bomb equivalent to about five kilograms of TNT with a structure similar to the one used in the recent bombings in Ankara was seized from the suspects.

Interfax has yet to obtain an official confirmation of this data.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said on Oct. 11 that security services had detained a group of persons in Strelbishchensky Lane in the Moscow Central Administrative District on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.

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