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Russia: Ukrainian detainee tells of alleged plan to bomb Simferopol airport01:06

Russia: Ukrainian detainee tells of alleged plan to bomb Simferopol airport

Russian Federation, Simferopol
August 12, 2016 at 18:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

I walked around, waited and then they phoned me. During the conference call I heard something that shocked me: 'I'm Amir Karimov. Today other brothers and I are turning from a small to a big jihad. Promptly at 12 o'clock we will blow up the central airport of the city of Simferopol and also the central bus stations of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait ferry line.'

After that I went directly to the airport to monitor the reaction of law enforcement agencies. I took five photos and sent them to him through the 'Line' app. After that I was arrested by the law enforcement agency."

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a Ukrainian man in Simferopol, Friday, on suspicion of organising planned terrorist attacks on the territory of Crimea. The suspect was identified as Ridvan Suleymanov, a resident of the Zaporozhye region in southern Ukraine, who was allegedly recruited by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in October 2015.

According to Suleymanov, he was tasked with rigging a Simferopol airport building with explosives. "I went to Simferopol airport on July 30 where I contacted Pavel Nikolaevich and informed him that I was in position and had successfully planted a bomb," he told the FSB during his interrogation.

After the suspect planted a bomb, he was contacted by his coordinators. "During the conference call I heard something that shocked me: 'I'm Amir Karimov. Today other brothers and I are turning from a small to a big jihad. Promptly at 12 o'clock we will blow up the central airport of the city of Simferopol and also the central bus stations of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait ferry line," Suleymanov said.

He continued: "after that I went directly to the airport to monitor the reaction of law enforcement agencies. I took five photos and sent them to him through the 'Line' app. After that I was arrested by the law enforcement agency."

The FSB announced on Wednesday that it had foiled two attacks planned by the Ukrainian military intelligence services in Crimea. The aim of the attacks was to destabilise the social and political situation in the Crimean peninsula ahead of the Russian parliamentary elections in September, the FSB said. Two Russian service personnel were killed during the operations.

Kiev has strongly denied it organised the attacks.

Russia: Ukrainian detainee tells of alleged plan to bomb Simferopol airport01:06
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I walked around, waited and then they phoned me. During the conference call I heard something that shocked me: 'I'm Amir Karimov. Today other brothers and I are turning from a small to a big jihad. Promptly at 12 o'clock we will blow up the central airport of the city of Simferopol and also the central bus stations of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait ferry line.'

After that I went directly to the airport to monitor the reaction of law enforcement agencies. I took five photos and sent them to him through the 'Line' app. After that I was arrested by the law enforcement agency."

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a Ukrainian man in Simferopol, Friday, on suspicion of organising planned terrorist attacks on the territory of Crimea. The suspect was identified as Ridvan Suleymanov, a resident of the Zaporozhye region in southern Ukraine, who was allegedly recruited by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in October 2015.

According to Suleymanov, he was tasked with rigging a Simferopol airport building with explosives. "I went to Simferopol airport on July 30 where I contacted Pavel Nikolaevich and informed him that I was in position and had successfully planted a bomb," he told the FSB during his interrogation.

After the suspect planted a bomb, he was contacted by his coordinators. "During the conference call I heard something that shocked me: 'I'm Amir Karimov. Today other brothers and I are turning from a small to a big jihad. Promptly at 12 o'clock we will blow up the central airport of the city of Simferopol and also the central bus stations of Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait ferry line," Suleymanov said.

He continued: "after that I went directly to the airport to monitor the reaction of law enforcement agencies. I took five photos and sent them to him through the 'Line' app. After that I was arrested by the law enforcement agency."

The FSB announced on Wednesday that it had foiled two attacks planned by the Ukrainian military intelligence services in Crimea. The aim of the attacks was to destabilise the social and political situation in the Crimean peninsula ahead of the Russian parliamentary elections in September, the FSB said. Two Russian service personnel were killed during the operations.

Kiev has strongly denied it organised the attacks.

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