Terrorists planned to bomb numerous places in St. Petersburg.
Russian Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump to thank the CIA for helping prevent terrorist attacks in Russia. From The New York Times:
In rare words of praise for the C.I.A., Mr. Putin said the agency had provided information that “helped detain terrorists planning explosions,” the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its website. The attackers planned to strike crowded sites including Kazan Cathedral, a landmark Orthodox Christian church, the statement said.
“The information received from the C.I.A. was sufficient to search for and detain criminals,” the statement said. “The head of the Russian state asked the American president to convey words of thanks to the director of the C.I.A. and the American intelligence officers who received this information.”
Here is the readout from Trump:
Readout of President Trump’s call with President Putin-> pic.twitter.com/tIM6sBrUb4
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 17, 2017
The Kremlin promised to hand over any information officials come across about threats against America.
Authorities took down the terrorist cell and detained seven suspects.
We do not know “where the plot originated – or how the CIA learned of it.” Reports out of Russia named the bomb maker “with an ethnic Russian name, and other participants from two mostly Muslim regions in the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia.” One suspect is a native of Tajikistan.
Russia has been plagued by terrorists from the Caucasus region since the end of the Second Chechen War in April 2009. The attacks have been done lately, but it did spike in 2013 leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
It also expanded due to terrorists joining ISIS and bringing that brand of terrorism to the region. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) killed the “emir” of the ISIS branch in the region back in February 2016. Officials said he was linked to numerous attacks, including one of the attacks before the Olympics.DONATE
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