Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

Russia Arrests ISIS Gang Accused of Plotting to Bomb Moscow, St. Petersburg

by Alexey Eremenko and Alastair Jamieson /  / Updated 

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia's security services arrested seven suspected ISIS militants who were planning terror attacks on St. Petersburg and Moscow, officials said Monday.

Russia's Federal Security Bureau, said explosives, detonators, grenades and guns were found in the homes of the detained suspects.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

The suspects were planning to go fight with ISIS in Syria after carrying out their attacks in Russia, it said.

Related: Chechnya's Strongman Eyes Bigger Role

The seven — "citizens of Russia and [countries of] the Central Asian region” — were detained Sunday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, some 900 miles to the east of Moscow, the FSB said in a statement.

 The headquarters of Russia's FSB, which announced Monday it had arrested 7 suspected ISIS terror plotters. MAXIM MARMUR / AFP/Getty Images

They were preparing “terrorist attacks using homemade bombs to take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region [whose capital is Yekaterinburg],” it added, saying the suspected ringleader had come to Russia from Turkey.

Related: Kerry Scolds Russia Over Civilian Casualties in Syria

“Searches in the houses of the detained suspects have uncovered a D.I.Y. explosives lab, explosives, electric detonators, firearms, grenades, bomb components and extremist literature,” the statement said.

Russia has been fighting in Syria’s civil war for four months, launching attacks on groups including ISIS.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Leave your email if you’d like us to respond. (Optional)

Please enter a valid email address

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.