On April 15, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had detained four members of the Syria-based Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terror group in the Kaluga region.

In a statement, the FSB said that at least one of the suspects was plotting a terror attack on local military facilities in Kaluga.

“The FSB stopped the activities of four members of a clandestine cell of the HTS international terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia. One of them was hatching a terror attack at the local military facilities at the direction of foreign envoys of the international terrorist organization,” the security service’s statement reads.

While searching the suspects’ place of residence, FSB officers found components and parts of an improvised explosive device (IED). Furthermore, a manual to make IEDs and correspondence with the group’s members in the Middle East were found on a clandestine communications tools of the suspects.

According to the FSB, a criminal case was opened against the suspects on charges of plotting a terror attack on the basis of part 1, article 30 and part 1, article 205 of the Russian Criminal Code.

HTS, who occupies the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, made several attempts to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia in the last few years.

On 22 January 2021, the FSB foiled a terrorist plot by a member of the terrorist group in the Bashkiria region. Later on April 9 of the same year, the security service thwarted a terrorist attack plotted by two members of the group in the city of Simferopol.

It’s worth noting that terrorists from HTS’ al Tawhid wal Jihad, which was led by Sirajuddin Mukhtarov, were behind the 2017 metro bombing in Russia’s Saint Petersburg. At least 15 people were killed as a result of the terrorist attack.

Despite clear evidence that HTS is still active as an international terrorist group, the main stream media, MSM, is still trying to whitewash the group and its leader, Abu Mohamad al-Julani.

HTS attempt to stage terrorist attacks inside Russia will not go unpunished. The Russian military, who maintains a large, heavily-armed force in Syria, will likely hold the terrorist group accountable for its failed terrorist plot in Kaluga very soon.