Five militants arrested in southern Russia

by Reuters
Saturday, 11 January 2014 14:12 GMT

MOSCOW, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Five members of a banned militant group have been arrested and a homemade bomb was defused in the southern Russian town of Nalchik, a National Anti-terror Committee (NAC) spokesman said on Saturday.

Nalchik, about 300 km (190 miles) from Winter Olympics host city Sochi, is in the foothills of the Caucasus, where Russia faces an insurgency by Islamist militants who have threatened to try to prevent the Games going ahead.

"Security forces have detained five members of a banned international terrorist organisation," NAC said in a statement quoted by Russian newswires. An NAC spokesman confirmed with Reuters that the statement was correct. (Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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