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Russian Intelligence Announces Thwarting Chechen Plan to Attack Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014 !
Georgia helped Chechen fighters get weapons’ to attack Russia
Russia Today TV, 10 May, 2012, 16:40
This undated screen grab taken from the website hunafa.com shows a man identified as Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov (AFP Photo / Hunafa.com)
Chechen fighters' leader Doku Umarov received help from Georgian intelligence services in the acquisition of weapons that were to be used for a series of attacks against Russia.
The accusations were voiced Thursday as the committee announced "terrorist" attacks had been thwarted, that were to have occurred in Sochi sometime between 2012 and 2014. Some of them were to have been timed to coincide with the Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
However the weapons prepared for the attacks were discovered and seized in a joint raid by Russian and Abkhazian operatives. On May 4 and 5, they secured ten stashes of arms on the territory of Abkhazia, the statement says.
The stashes contained three man-portable surface-to-air missiles, two anti-tank guided missiles complete with launchers, a mortar and 36 mortar shells, a flamethrower, 15 kilograms of TNT, 29 grenade launchers, two assault rifles, a sniper rifle, 12 improvised explosive devices, 15 landmines, 39 hand grenades, 50 grenade fuses, some 10,000 rounds and topographical maps.
The report also says three Chechen fighter commanders were arrested during the raid, but did not provide any further details.
Doku Umarov is Russia’s most wanted Chechen. He is thought to be responsible for some of the worst attacks in the country over the years, including the suicide bombing in the Moscow Metro in 2010 and the suicide bombing at Domodedovo Airport in 2011.
Two blasts in Dagestan: 14 dead, 87 injured
Published: 04 May, 2012, 00:01
Rescuers at the twin blast scene in Makhachkala (RIA Novosti / Bashir Aliyev)(11.9Mb)embed video
14 people have been killed and 87 injured as two powerful explosions hit Makhachkala, the capital city of Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan, security services report. The combined force of the blasts could be equal to up to 150 kg of TNT.
The first bomb was detonated by a suicide car bomber not far from
a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Makhachkala, when the car
was stopped for a regular check.
The second bomb, which caused most of the casualties, struck when
rescuers arrived at the scene 20 minutes later. The blast caused a
fire but it was soon extinguished.
The combined force of the blasts was the equivalent of up to 150 kg of TNT, according to the republic’s interior minister, with 50 and up to 100 kg of TNT respectively.
The minister then confirmed how many people were killed and
Fourteen people, including seven police officers, three emergency
service workers and one civilian, were killed. Eighty-seven people
have been injured.
Among those taken to hospital, 47 people are in a critical
condition and two are extremely critical.
A law enforcement officer said to the media that male and female
body fragments have been found at the scene.
“Apart from those killed by the twin car blasts, male and
female body fragments have been found at the scene, which can mean
they might belong to suicide terrorists,” he said.
The identification of the body fragments is underway.
Dagestan's Interior Ministry says Makhachkala gang militants are
responsible for the attack.
On Friday police put local gang-leader Guseyn Mamaev and three
members of his group on their wanted list. The suspects had
allegedly been recruiting young men for suicide bombings.
Earlier, police identified the owner of the car which was blown
up first. Now they are tracing how the vehicle got into the hands of
Police have launched a criminal investigation. Acts of terrorism carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
International terrorist cells behind the attack?
Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan is notorious for its numerous militant attacks both on the police and the civilian population. Russian officials link these attacks to the international terrorist cells such as Al-Qaeda.
Two years ago the US acknowledged Russia's top terrorist fugitive Doku Umarov – who claimed responsibility for many attacks in the Caucasus region as being part of a radical jihadist movement – and designated that he poses a threat not only to Russia but to the United States as well. He is now on the US “most wanted” list.
Doctor Walid Phares, a counter-terrorism adviser to the US Congress, explained to RT that more information is coming both to Congress and the presidential administration about the connections between those jihadist networks in Russia’s republics of Chechnya and Dagestan on the one hand, and those present in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
“Because of evidence we are getting from captured individuals
in Afghanistan, for example, other places, whereby they do admit
that they have worked with the Caucasus-base jihadists on the one
hand,” he told RT. “And of course we see on the website
that this information is available. For all these reasons together
the US decided to put this group on the international most wanted
Firefighters at the twin blast scene in Makhachkala
A dead body at the twin blast scene in Makhachkala (RIA Novosti / Bashir Aliyev)
Burnt car at the twin blast scene in Makhachkala (RIA Novosti / Bashir Aliyev)
The twin blast scene in Makhachkala (RIA Novosti / Bashir Aliyev)
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