Azerbaijan kills 4 suspected Daesh terrorists planning attacks


Azerbaijani security forces said Wednesday they had killed four alleged "Daesh terrorists" suspected of plotting attacks in the predominantly Muslim nation.

The special operation on Tuesday was carried out by the State Security Service (SSS) and targeted four Azerbaijani citizens "suspected of planning serious crimes" motivated by "religious extremism," the security agency said in a statement.

They had "pledged allegiance to a terrorist organisation active abroad and were planning terrorist acts across the country," it said, without giving details.

"The group offered armed resistance using automatic rifles and guns," the statement added.

Security services in December killed a suspected Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist who planned to carry out a suicide bombing in the capital Baku's biggest shopping mall.

In February 2016, Azerbaijan arrested eight men for allegedly fighting alongside the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

Local media had previously reported numerous cases of nationals from the officially secular ex-Soviet state fighting alongside Daesh in both the countries.

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