America’s Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, helped Russia prevent a terror attack, according to Russian media reports.
The attack was planned on a St Petersburg cathedral, to take place on Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for the CIA’s intervention, the BBC states, quoting the Kremlin.
The Russian leader promised to alert U.S. officials if it received any similar intelligence relating to the U.S, Interfax was reported as stating.
Russia’s security service, FSB, said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.
The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the BBC quotes the FSB statement as saying in Russian.
The group was preparing to blow up the Kazan Cathedral and other crowded places in Russia’s second city, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying.