POSTED: May 10th 2012
UPDATED: Russian FSB intelligence uncover stashed arsenal for terror plot on Sochi 2014 Games
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 10 –Russian secret service (FSB) agents uncovered ten caches of arms and ammunition on May 4 and May 5 that were destined to fuel a terror attack on the Black Sea resort of Sochi next year when it hosts the winter Games.
Sochi 2014 organizers said in a statement: “We are not in a position to comment on the detail of this incident.However Sochi 2014 has always made security its top priority and all Games stakeholders have worked closely to ensure robust and coordinated security preparations. We have no doubt this will be a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games."
The stash included an arsenal of portable surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, flame throwers, grenades, rifles and explosives including TNT. Three men were arrested in Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia on May 4-5.
Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) announced the findings today and attributed Chechen rebel leader, Doku Umarov, as the mastermind of the foiled plot. He had claimed responsibility last year for the deadly bombing in a Moscow airport that left 35 people dead and the Moscow metro bombings that killed 40 people.
In a statement to RIA Novosti the NAK said: “Russia’s FSB revealed that the militants planned to transfer the arms to Sochi in 2012-2014 and use them to carry out terrorist attacks during the Olympics.
They also confirmed the findings on Umarov that he organized the “entire activity in ensuring the delivery of the instruments of terrorism in close proximity to Sochi”.
Sochi is not far from Russia’s bellic North Caucasus area that is plagued with violence from Islamist insurgents that migrated from the nearby area of Chechnya in the 1990s. When the city won the Olympics in 2007 the question was raised in the press about the possibility of potential terrorist attacks given the proximity.
Here is a link to the official UN listing affirming Umarov on their list of terrorists: http://www.un.org/sc/committees/1267/NSQI29011E.shtml
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