The top official in Russian-annexed Crimea has said Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had arrested the members of a six-person “terrorist” cell, a day after explosions rocked one of Russia’s military bases there.
“All of them are detained. The activities of the terrorists were coordinated, as one would expect, from the territory of the terrorist state of Ukraine,” Sergei Aksyonov, the official, said on Telegram.
Aksyonov said the suspects were members of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in Russia.
An FSB statement did not say whether the detained individuals were linked with explosions on Tuesday at a base in Dzhankoi in northern Crimea and last week at a Russian military base in western Crimea. However, it mentioned Dzhankoi, along with the city of Yalta, as the two locations where the alleged cell had been ‘neutralised’.