Russian security services have broken up what they described as a terrorist cell in a Muslim region of the country the was preparing female suicide bombers for attacks on major Russian cities, officials announced on Monday.
They said six women had been arrested who had already written “farewell letters” as they were being prepared for deployment. But the officials did not disclose whether attacks were imminent, or any other details about planning.
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Two men were also arrested, including one said to have played a role in attacks by two female suicide bombers on two subway stations in Moscow in March, which killed 40 people.
On Monday night, state-controlled television broadcast footage of the female suicide bombers detained by security forces. The National Antiterrorism Committee, a federal body, said the six women ranged in age from 15 to 29 years, adding that four of them were widows whose husbands had died in security operations.
The committee said suicide belts and weapons were confiscated.