ISIS recruiting unit eliminated in Nalchik

Russian security and police forces in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria have eliminated a criminal group that was part of the terrorist organization Islamic State, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Sunday.

Eleven gang members hiding out at a reinforced base in a mountain and wooded area were neutralized after they opened fire and tried to break through the encircled area, the NAK said.

"The gang had organized channels for sending local residents to Syria to fight alongside terror groups," the NAK operations headquarters said.

The militants had also plotted a number of high-profile crimes across the North Caucasus region, including attacks with the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in busy public places.

The discovered dug-out was used for manufacturing IEDs and contained two ready-to-use explosive devices. Approaches to the base were mined and the dug-out itself was disguised and equipped for long-term dwelling. A significant amount of firearms and ammunition was found at the clash scene.

The IEDs were rendered safe on the spot by a group of bomb disposal experts from the Federal Security Service.

There are no casualties among civilian population and law enforcement personnel. 
Necessary operations and inquiries are ongoing.

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