“Terrorism, to kill kuffar (non-believers). This is what I do.” “Allah gave me fuel, a bunker, a lot of brothers. I eat and think how to kill them. I make a plan how to kill more non-believers, when to kill them…for the sake of Allah.”
National Post (h/t TROP) William Plotnikov was a promising young Toronto boxer. In 2010, after converting to Islam, he made his way to Russia to fight with an armed Islamist group in Dagestan. He was killed by Russian security forces on July 14, 2012. He was 23. This video was later given to his father.
For seven minutes, five Dagestan rebels spoke into a video camera about killing infidels and how the “good deeds” they were doing would absolve them of “700 sins” committed during their lifetimes. Filmed by a Canadian jihadist fighter before he was killed by Russian security forces, the video offers a disturbing glimpse of the fanaticism of the rebels who may have inspired Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev does not appear in the footage, which was obtained by the National Post. But it was recorded and narrated by William Plotnikov, a Canadian whose alleged links to Tsarnaev are now under investigation. In the video, the rebel fighters repeatedly expressed their desire to kill kuffar,” or non-believers, and referred to “Putins and Obamas” who “throw their speeches on television, give promises and after is death, so then we will see who is right. “Victory comes only from Allah.”
Speaking mostly in Russian, the rebels did not disclose their location or the date, except that they were “in the forest” and looking forward to mounting large-scale attacks in the spring. The man behind the camera was a former Toronto boxer and Seneca College student who had converted to Islam in 2009 and left Canada in 2010 to join the Dagestan rebels. Alarmed by his plunge into extremism, his father called the Russian interior ministry.
Russian officers located and arrested Plotnikov in Dagestan in early 2011. Under questioning, Plotnikov reportedly named Tsarnaev as one of his online contacts, sparking investigations by both the FBI and Russia’s security service. Plotnikov, 23, was killed by Russian security forces near Utamysh on July 14, 2012. Tsarnaev returned to the United States days later.