2016-08-16 12:11:00

Astrakhan resident suspected of recruiting fighters in mosque for ISIL

Astrakhan, August 16, Interfax - An Astrakhan resident has been charged with recruiting fighters for the ISIL terrorist organization (banned in Russia).

"The suspect, a follower of a radical Islam trend and sympathizer of the militants operating in Syria, was selecting individuals willing to fight for ISIL," senior assistant to the head of the Russian Investigative Committee's Astrakhan regional department Andrey Khegay told Interfax on Tuesday.

The suspect got acquainted with two men in an Astrakhan mosque in the period from July till November 2015 and tried to incline them to join the hostilities against governmental forces in Syria, he said.

"The suspect promised to help [them] travel to Syria across Turkey and to cover their expenses. He was detained in close cooperation between department officers and the regional department of the Federal Security Service, and his home was searched," he said.

A criminal case was opened on counts of 'aiding and abetting terrorism'.

The court ordered the suspect's arrest at the request of a detective.