2019-11-05 13:25:00

Radical Islamist detained on suspicion of plotting terror attack in Moscow

Moscow, November 5, Interfax - Moscow's Cheryomushkinsky District Court has sanctioned the arrest of a 30-year-old radical Islamist suspected of plotting a terror attack in the Russian capital.

"Upholding the investigators' motion, the court imposed a measure of restraint in the form of placement in custody on Talant Onurov until January 1, 2020," court spokesperson Irena Kozayeva told Interfax, adding that the court hearing took place on November 3.

The court did not clarify the details of the charges; however, according to informed sources, the suspect, a radical Islamist, was making arrangements and seeking accomplices to commit a terror attack in Moscow.

"To that end, he was looking for a location to commit the crime and actively studying materials on how to build an explosive device," one source said.

The source said that "Onurov was unable to follow through with his plan for reasons beyond his control."

Onurov was charged with attempting to commit a terror attack.

According to the investigators, the crime was motivated by the man's beliefs in radical Islamist ideology calling for jihad.