Moscow, October 15, Interfax - Two members of an international radical Islamist group accused of plotting two terrorist attacks, one of which could have targeted a mosque, will go on trial in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Thursday.
"A criminal investigation has been completed against Rizvan Agashirinov and Abdula Magomedaliyev. Depending on the role of each of them, they face charges of preparing to stage a terrorist act, an attempt on the life of an officer of law enforcement services, the illegal production of weapons and illegal detention," Markin said.
Investigators believe that from October 2013 to April 2014, Agashirinov, Magomedaliyev, as well as Abdula Magomedov, Valekh Amiraliyev, Shamil Kadashov, Ilya Plotnikov and other people acting within an organized group in the territory of Turkey and the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District "took measures to mastermind and prepare a terrorist act targeting worshippers of a mosque in the town of Pyt-Yakh (Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District)."
"Furthermore, on April 25, 2014 the aforementioned people attempted to stage a terrorist act using an improvised explosive devise packed with striking elements," Markin said.
From February to May 2014, Magomedaliyev, acting in collusion with a group of people, illegally obtained five firearms and ammunition in the Republic of Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus, smuggled them into the city of Nizhnevartovsk in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District and stored them there.
"In May 2014, in the city of Nizhnevartovsk, Magomedaliyev fired four shots at police officers checking his documents, fled the scene and illegally entered someone else's house, where he, threatening with firearms, took a family of four, including a juvenile child, hostage," Markin said.
Amiraliyev, Kadashov, Plotnikov and Magomedov have been declared internationally wanted, he added.
It was established during the investigation that orders to stage a terrorist act had been received from a person who followed radical Islamist views and was hiding from investigators in the territory of the Turkish Republic.
The information available also indicates that the mastermind of this crime and other suspects hiding from investigation are members of the Islamic State terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia, Markin said.
The investigation has collected sufficient evidence, and, therefore, the criminal case and the confirmed indictment were forwarded to a court, which will examine the case on its merits.
One of the suspects, Valekh Amiraliyev, was detained in Ukraine, and Russia's law enforcement agencies have so far been unable to secure his extradition, he said.
"Investigative agencies and police are currently taking measures to establish the whereabouts of all the other members of this organized group and detain them," Markin said, adding that the gang's members "who support radical Islamist ideologies were identified in the course of the joint work conducted by Russian Investigative Committee detectives and officers of the FSB (Federal Security Service) and the Interior Ministry."