2020-06-16 18:57:00

Ingush resident who attacked Moscow policemen was preparing to become suicide bomber - source

Rostov-on-Don, June 16, Interfax - Ingushetia native Ratmir Galayev, who opened fire on traffic police on Moscow's Leninsky Avenue, may have sworn allegiance to an international terrorist group, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Simultaneously with studying the situation in the family and the circle of contacts of 24-year-old Ingushetia native Galayev, who attacked Moscow policemen, information that he swore an oath of allegiance (bay'ah) to an organization engaged in terrorism is being verified. Judging by the notes in his notebook and telephone, he was training to become a suicide bomber," the source said.

At the same time, the source found it difficult to name the group to which the shooter may have sworn allegiance.

As reported, on Monday afternoon, two traffic police officers pulled over a taxi on Moscow's Leninsky Avenue for traffic violations. While a protocol was being drafted, a passer-by, 24-year-old Galayev, fired a gun at the policemen several times. They used their service guns to return fire and detained him.

A criminal case concerning an attempt on the lives of police officers has been opened.