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Russia jails IS pair for 15 years over planned attacks

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AFP Moscow, Russia Feb 11, 2019, 10.51 PM (IST)

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

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

Russia's FSB security service arrested the duo in December 2017, accusing them of planning suicide bombings over the New Year and during a forthcoming presidential election campaign.

The pair pleaded guilty, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

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

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

In 2017, Russia 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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Bakhtiyor Makhmudov and Zafarkhon Rakhmatov from  Muslim-majority Tajikistan will serve their sentences in a 'strict regime camp', a court statement said.