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  • The prayer house was detonated by a water cannon.

    The prayer house was detonated by a water cannon. | Photo: Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB)

Published 30 April 2016

Russian decided to detonate the explosives inside the illegal prayer hall where they were found and where 53 people were arrested.

An illegal Muslim prayer hall in Samara, Russia was blown up by authorities on Saturday after highly powerful explosives were discovered inside the building, where 53 persons were arrested, including at least one that has been linked to Islamic State group, according to Russia Today.  

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With the help of a police dog Russian security forces found a cache with more than a kilogram of explosives of unknown origin.

A team of bomb experts decided that removing the explosives was too risky so a water cannon was fired to blow up the building from outside, a source within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told RT.

The house was used for gatherings of the ultra-conservative Salafis sect of Sunni Islam. The group was not registered with the regional Muslim community as an official house of worship.

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FSB’s special forces detained 53 young men, at least one of whom was promoting the Islamic State group online, during a raid of the building.

The highway that passed the house was blocked in both directions for a number of hours, with people being evacuated out of all nearby buildings, before the explosion.

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