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Report: 140 detained in Russian raid targeting suspected extremists

By CNN Staff
April 27, 2013 -- Updated 0256 GMT (1056 HKT)
Members of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, carried out the raid along with police.
Members of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, carried out the raid along with police.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • State news: The operation targeted suspected members of Islamic extremist groups
  • More than 30 of those detained are foreign nationals

(CNN) -- Russian authorities detained 140 people -- more than 30 of them foreign nationals -- on Friday in a raid targeting suspected members of Islamic extremist groups, state media reported.

The operation was conducted at a place of worship in Dar Ul-Arkam in southern Moscow, state-run RIA Novosti reported, citing information from law enforcement agencies.

Members of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, carried out the raid along with police. Russia Today, a state-funded television network, said the FSB issued a statement about the raid.

This site has been visited in the past by suspected radicals -- some from the North Caucasus region, which includes Chechnya -- the RIA Novosti report said.

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