On January 22th, the Russian security service – FSB, announced that it had detained a supporter of the Syrian “moderate opposition” and had stopped a terror attack in Bashkiria.
The “moderate rebel,” to be read as “terrorist” is a Russian citizen, born in 1995 and was preparing an armed attack on law enforcement officers.
He was recruited by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a branch-off of al-Qaeda that is under the protection of Turkey in Idlib, under its alleged efforts to de-escalate the situation.
The efforts to de-escalate the situation include not doing anything and sometimes getting Turkish soldiers killed by the same militant groups Ankara backs.
Regardless, the 25-year-old admitted that he was going to arrange “an explosion of people.”
A sawn-off shotgun with cartridges and components of a homemade bomb were removed from the militant’s cache.
The video, made by the operatives after the arrest, showed the components of explosives and an object that “outwardly resembles an electric detonator.”
As follows from the correspondence in his devices, he received the necessary instructions from the emissaries of the terrorist organization HTS.
It is not specified exactly when the detention took place, but proceeding from the fact that the “procedural decision” (apparently, on the initiation of a criminal case and a measure of restraint) has not yet been adopted, this happened in the days leading to January 22nd.
The identity of the detainee was not disclosed in the interests of the investigation.
The detainee himself confessed to preparing the explosion.
“In this place I have to get a weapon and an improvised explosive device to blow up people,” he replied to the operative’s question.
In December 2020, the FSB said that, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Dagestan, prevented a terrorist attack in Makhachkala. Four members of the terrorist cell were detained. It was noted that the militants were preparing an attack on police officers in the New Year. The members of the group were from 25 to 28 years old.
Situations such as these are likely to become more frequent, since Turkey not only allows the terrorists to do as they please in Idlib, but it also continues deploying them in various parts such as in Libya and Armenia.
It is also likely that Turkey will use the chance to send some radical elements to Russia, or attempt to radicalize local individuals. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likely expects that this would be a good pressure point to receive some concessions in future dealings between Moscow and Ankara, which has so far been quite a fruitful endeavor, for Turkey, at least.
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