Russian authorities have arrested two men from the Muslim-dominant North Caucasus for planning a suspected terror attack on a chemical weapons destruction facility. Investigators said the attack could have led to hundreds of deaths in the city of Kirov.
RT (h/t Maria J) Investigators believe the two men were plotting to bomb a chemical weapons storage and destruction facility in Russia’s Kirov Region, 1,000km east of Moscow. The suspects are thought to belong to the fundamentalist Wahhabi Islamist movement.
“The investigation indicates the suspects are followers of Wahhabism and arrived in the Kirov region from Moscow,” said the spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin. He added that the suspects were plotting an attack in a bid to influence the government and international organizations.
Investigators did not specify which organizations, or how the suspected terrorists would attempt to influence them.
Russian authorities raided the abandoned property where the suspects, aged 21 and 19, were residing. The two men were reportedly in possession of “literature with extremist content” and one of them allegedly resisted arrest. Furthermore, investigators found and confiscated the components of a homemade, explosive device on the premises as well as two international passports.