Organizers of attack on Crocus might prepared another terrorist attack in Central Asian countries - media

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The organizers of the terrorist attack on the "Crocus City Hall" simultaneously planned another attack in one of the Central Asian countries, but it was prevented. This was reported to the Russian publication "Izvestia" by an informed source.

At the same time, the source did not name the country where the attack was being prepared, but noted that it was supposed to happen around the same time as the attack on the "Crocus City Hall."

The source also provided previously unknown details of the preparation for the attack in Moscow. According to him, the criminals set fire to the concert hall using regular gasoline.

"On the way to the 'Crocus,' they stopped at a gas station, bought gasoline, and poured it into plastic bottles. Then they used it to set fire to the hall," explained the "Izvestia" source.

He added that the group was not a classic organized terrorist cell - it did not exist within any structure and was formed literally a few weeks before the attack. Two of its members received instructions while traveling to Turkey, and the rest were recruited on the territory of Russia, the source said.

However, no loud news has been found about the detention of any individuals preparing a terrorist attack in Central Asian countries, Asia Today reports.

Except for the fact that the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan on March 22 detained members of an organized crime group from Azerbaijan who allegedly were preparing an assassination attempt on the leadership of Kyrgyzstan.

Whether this is a coincidence or not is currently unknown, and whether these things are related to each other at all. This is because the Kyrgyzstan security services have linked the organized crime group to the fugitive former deputy head of customs, Raiymbek Matraimov, who according to their data is currently in Baku.

However, at the end of February, in neighboring Kazakhstan, security services carried out mass arrests of members of extremist Islamist groups.

It is worth noting that after the terrorist attack in Moscow, security forces in Central Asian countries began to hold events and meetings to strengthen security measures, including in shopping centers.

March 25, 2024