2015-12-11 11:36:00

Nalchik resident converted to Islam in Belgium, trained as militant in Syria detained in Kabardino-Balkaria

Nalchik, December 11, Interfax - A Nalchik native converted to Islam in Belgium and trained as an explosives specialist in Syria has been detained in Kabardino-Balkaria, a representative of the Federal Security Service department in Kabardino-Balkaria told Interfax on Thursday.

"A 26-year-old Russian born in Nalchik who lived for several years in Belgium, converted to Islam there and was trained to be an explosives specialist in a militant camp in Syria was detained by Federal Security Service officers in Kabardino-Balkaria in early December," he said.

The former Nalchik resident began attending mosque only in Belgium. He moved to Egypt and attended a religious school there.

After that the man reached Syria across Turkey and was trained in a militant camp along with other natives of the North Caucasus.

"The persons he intended to meet in Kabardino-Balkaria had been either detained or killed," the FSB officer said.

Belgium is known to be a country of origin of many militants fighting in Syria. In addition, a Belgian subject is the suspected organizer of the recent terror attacks in Paris.