The Federal Security Service, commonly known as the FSB, has neutralized more than 20 sleeper terrorist cells in the North Caucasus in 2017.
FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov confirmed the new during a National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) on Tuesday.
“As he opened the meeting Bortnikov pointed out that terrorist activity in the North Caucasus Region developed a downtrend as a result of efforts by law enforcement agencies. This year special services and law enforcement agencies managed to prevent a number of anti-terrorist crimes and expose and terminate the activity of 20 sleeper terrorist cells and more than 120 their members, mostly young people,” the NAC said.
The Federal Security Service has been conducting numerous operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Caucasus Province (Vilayat Kavkaz), a terrorist organization that was created when the Caucasus Emirate disapeared.
Vilayat Kavkaz strictly follow Salafi Islam and Salafi Jihadism, an ultra-conservative reform branch within Sunni Islam.
The NAC meeting was devoted to combat terrorism in North Caucasus, a region known to breed radical Islam-oriented terrorists and implementing a plan to resist terrorism in Russia 2013-2018. According to TASS, the heads of North Caucasus republics and staff of the law enforcement and special services took part in the session.