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Russia jails IS pair for 15 years over planned attacks

AFP  |  Moscow 

A on Monday jailed two members of the Islamic State group for 15 years for planning attacks on a mall and public transport in Moscow, agencies reported.

Bakhtiyor Makhmudov and Zafarkhon Rakhmatov from Muslim-majority Tajikistan will serve their sentences in a "strict regime camp", a court statement said.

arrested the duo in December 2017, accusing them of planning suicide bombings over the New Year and during a forthcoming campaign.

The pair pleaded guilty, the agency said.

Almost 2,900 Russian jihadists, mainly from Muslim-majority republics in the south of the federation, have fought in and Syria, according the FSB.

Several thousand others from ex-Soviet Central Asian countries are also believed to have fought in conflicts there.

In 2017, was hit by several terrorist attacks, the most serious of which left 15 dead and many injured in the metro of second city Saint Petersburg.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 22:00 IST