2017-03-29 10:56:00

A newly converted Muslim suspected of plotting terror act in Germany detained in Belarus

Minsk, March 29, Interfax - A resident of the Belarusian city of Novopolotsk has been taken into custody in Belarus on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in Germany.

"A resident of Novopolotsk, who was detained red-handed and who made an improvised explosive device similar to those used during the terrorist acts at the stele and in the metro in Minsk, is under investigation," Nikolay Karpenkov, director of the Belarusian Interior Ministry's main organized crime and corruption department, said in an interview with the SB. Belarus Today website.

The arrested Belarusian man had lived in Germany for several years, had adopted a Muslim name and adhered to radical views, he said.

"There is every reason to presume that he planned to return to Germany and stage an act of terrorism in German territory," he said.

A powerful improvised explosive device went off at the Oktyabrskaya underground station in Minsk on April 11, 2011. Eleven people died at the scene and four others died later in hospitals. Thirty-three people were heavily injured in the incident, and another 70 sustained less serious injuries. In all, more than 300 people were affected.

Vladislav Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov were convicted of staging this explosion and were later found guilty of carrying out a terrorist act near Minsk's City Hero Monument on Independence Day on July 3, 2008. They were given the death penalty. Belarusian television reported on March 17, 2012 that the death sentences handed down to the two men had been carried out.