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Russia detains IS suicide bomber plotting terrorist attack in India
An Islamic State terrorist, who was plotting a suicide attack against a member of India's leadership, being detained in Russia

AKIPRESS.COM - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on Monday claimed it had detained an alleged Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber who was planning to fly to India to carry out a suicide attack against a key politician from the ruling party, Business Standard reported.

According to Russia's FSB, the foreign national was recruited by one of the Islamic State's ringleaders as a suicide bomber sometime between April and June 2022, while in Turkey, state-owned TASS news agency reported.

"The FSB has identified and apprehended in Russia a member of the Islamic State international terrorist organisation, banned in Russian Federation. The detainee is a native of a Central Asian country, who planned to commit a terrorist attack against a member of India's ruling circles by blowing himself up,” the FSB said.

The terrorist's "ideological indoctrination was conducted remotely via Telegram messenger accounts and during personal meetings in Istanbul with an IS representative,” the Russian FSB’s Center for Public Relations (CPR) said.

The FSB noted that the would-be suicide bomber swore allegiance to the IS Emir (Chief), after which he was instructed to leave for Russia, draw up the necessary documents and fly to India to commit this act of terrorism.

The terrorist, who was not identified by the Russian intelligence agency, confessed that he was preparing an act of terrorism against a member of India's ruling circles, it added.

In a video of his interrogation released by the CPR on Monday, the would-be suicide bomber, whose face was blurred, said he swore allegiance to the IS Emir in April 2022 and underwent special training, after which he flew to Russia, from where he was to travel to India.

"I was supposed to be given things there (in India) to commit a terrorist attack at the behest of the ISIS,” he said while speaking in broken Russian.

A news bulletin by Al Azaim Foundation, the mouthpiece of Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP), said an IS arm is operating in the Indian subcontinent, India was on target of the organisation.

Dreaded terror group ISIS and all its affiliate organisations, responsible for a series of savage attacks and killings in Iraq and Syria, have been banned in India under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Recruitment of youths to the outfit from India and their radicalisation is a matter of serious concern for the country especially with regard to its likely impact on national security when such youth return to India, the Home Ministry has said while banning the terrorist group.

The Islamic State/Islamic State of Iraq and Levant/ Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Daesh and all its manifestations have been declared outlawed in India under UAPA, a notification issued by the Indian Home Ministry said last year.

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