Russian security agents have captured a suspected Russian jihadist group just months before the start of the World Cup.
In a series of dramatic videos Vladimir Putin‘s agents are seen smashing their way into homes and also nabbing alleged terrorists on an airport runway moments before they caught a crowded flight.
The heavily armed officers were filmed shoving through a crowd of people waiting to board a plane on the runway and bundling several men to the ground.
There was no immediate information on whether attacks were suspected on the passenger flight.
The large “sleeper cell” was broken up by FSB security service in various places across the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Some 16 addresses were searched and nine alleged jihadists terrorists were detained, three organisers and six cell members.
Manuals on manufacturing explosive devices and banned religious literature was seized, according to the FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation).
The suspects are believed to have received training in unidentified foreign countries.
The secretive group called themselves the “Krasnoyarsk jamaat” and the FSB alleged it had “links to international terrorist organisations”.
“Strict secrecy measure were employed in the unit,” it was reported.
The group avoided social media to talk to each other and used “non-verbal means of communication in public places”, according to FSB sources.
The target of their alleged future strikes were Krasnoyarsk and other unidentified places.
The FSB has stated that terrorism is the number one threat to the FIFA World Cup opening on 14 June.
The raids were carried out by the FSB with the Russian national guard and police.
“Searches conducted at 16 locations resulted in the seizure of prohibited religious books, and manuals on how to make an improvised bomb,” said the FSB.
“Some of the detainees have started making confessions.”
The secret service said “the gang was in fact a sleeper unit.
“It was created to support terrorism, its propaganda and funding.
“New members were recruited in Sobornaya mosque and halal cafes (in Krasnoyarsk).
“Leaders were brainwashing supporters.
“They were asking them to united against the infidels and promised to destroy traitors.”
The group had sent recruits to fight abroad.
The suspects are held under Russia’s anti-terrorism laws.
They face up to 20 years in jail.