end of hostage-taking by the Islamic State organization in a Rostov prison

Police officers outside the number one detention center in Rostov-on-Don, southwest Russia, June 16, 2024. ERIK ROMANENKO/TASS/SIPA USA

The two Russian prison officers who were taken hostage by members of the jihadist organization Islamic State (IS) in a detention center in the Rostov-on-Don region have been released, the Federal Prison Service announced of Russia, Sunday June 16.

“During a special operation (…) the criminals were liquidated and the employees who were taken hostage were released and were not harmed”specified the prison services in a press release.

According to a source within the police interviewed by the state agency TASS, members of the IS must appear in court on charges of “terrorism” were among the hostage-takers.

Footage broadcast on Russia’s main Telegram channels showed detainees armed with knives listing a series of demands – weapons and the possibility of being released. Later, bursts of automatic weapons rang out around the detention center surrounded by law enforcement, before ambulances arrived.

Series of jihadist attacks in Russia

Russia has been targeted on multiple occasions by attacks and attacks claimed by the jihadist organization. On March 22, gunmen opened fire in a concert hall near Moscow, killing at least 144 people and injuring hundreds. It was the deadliest attack on Russian soil since 2004.

More than twenty people have since been arrested, including the four alleged attackers, all from Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia neighboring Afghanistan. The attack was quickly claimed by the Islamic State organization.

The World with AFP

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