Moscow – Russian security services prevented a terrorist act planned for March 8 to target those attending International Women’s Day event in Moscow, local media said Wednesday.
The terrorist attack was planned by a national of Tajikistan, who arrived at a Moscow airport earlier in March, the Izvestia newspaper reported, citing security sources.
The 23-year old Izattilo M. arrived on a plane from Turkey and had taken part in the Syrian conflict, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
The terror plan went wrong when the man was taken in for airport security checks and panicked after realizing that he could be deported to Tajikistan, attempting to commit suicide with scissors as well as attempting to destroy his phone, according to the publication.
Further investigations had the terrorist confess to planning to blow himself up during March 8 celebrations in the Russian capital.
Investigators are now trying to find the man’s accomplices and uncover the sleeper cell that was set to supply Izattilo M. with explosives, while the man himself has been handed over to Tajikistan’s security services.
In a common matter, security forces in Adygea announced the arrest of the leader of a secret terrorist cell, affiliated with ISIS, which is active on Adyghe and Kuban lands.
A joint special operation between the Federal Security Service Body (FSB) and the Russian Interior Ministry stopped the activity of this terrorist cell, according to a source from FSB in Adygea.
The source confirmed that the leader used to recruit Muslims from Adyghe mosques, especially those from Central Asian Republics, and send them to participate in battles alongside ISIS.
The press office at the FSB said that in addition to recruiting Muslims, the leader used to promote ISIS ideology through a mobile application and collect donations and send them to the terrorist organization.