National Security Ministry renders harmless group planning terrorist attack at mosque in Azerbaijan

National Security Ministry renders harmless group planning terrorist attack at mosque in Azerbaijan
# 23 November 2013 07:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. As a result of operations carried out by the Ministry of National Security, Azerbaijani citizens Mirzayev Nariman Khosrov and Rustamov Mirzahmad Shakir have been detained over suspicion of planning terrorist attacks and obtaining a lot of firearms, ammunition, explosives.

The Ministry of National Security Public Relations Center told APA that Main Investigation Department of the Ministry of National Security has launched a criminal case on article 28,214.2.1, 28,214.2.3 of Criminal Case (preparation for a terror attack by a terrorist group under prior agreement, preparation for terror act with the use of firearms) and article 228.2.1 (on preliminary arrangement for illegal purchase, transfer, selling, storage, transportation and carrying of fire-arms, accessories to it, supplies, explosives by group of persons). Nariman Mirzayev and Mirzahmad Rustamov have been sentenced to pre-trial detention under the decision of the court.

The statement says that a user registered as "Enekin Skayvoker" posted on Facebook page a notice that Amir Farman Chatin received a fatwa from Sheikh Mirzahmad al-Gusari to start jihad in Azerbaijan.

A photo of Farman Chatin with a knife in his hand with Sheikh Mirzahmad al-Gusari has also been posted on Enekin Skayvoker page. Along with “fatwa about starting jihad”, calls were posted under the photo to murder Hasanov Shahin Huseyn, Akhund of Mashadi Dadash mosque in Baku.

As a result of counter-terrorism measures, it was found out that Farman Chatin is Nariman Mirzayev, Sheikh Mirzahmad al-Gusari is Mirzahmad Rustamov.

It was found out that using firearms and accessories to it, Nariman Mirzayev, Mirzahmad Rustamov and others agreed in May, 2012, to commit a terrorist attack to violate public safety, horrify the people, cause damage to them or their property. Nariman Mirzayev, Mirzahmad Rustamov and others obtained, stored and carried a great deal of firearms, ammunitions. Planning to blast Mashadi Dadash mosque in Yasamal district, Baku, they made observations around it. In order to avoid the chase of law-enforcers and show armed resistance after committing the crime Nariman Mirzayev told Mirzahmad Rustamov to arrange special places to hide in the forest in Gusar region. After completing the preparations, Nariman Mirzayev posted notices on Facebook calling to start jihad and kill Akhund Shahin Hasanov. But they failed to complete the crime they planned.

As a result of the urgent operations carried out by the Ministry of National Security, Nariman Mirzayev and Mirzahmad Rustamov were detained. 1 Makarov MP 371 pistol, 1 cartridge clip and 8 cartridges were seized from Nariman Mirzayev, 1 Kalashnikov gun, 1 cartridge clip, 14 cartridges, 3 F-1 hand grenades from his house, 1 Makarov MP 371 pistol, 1 cartridge clip and 8 cartridges were seized from Mirzahmad Rustamov, 2 F-1 hand grenades were found in his house.

Investigation is underway to determine others involved in illegal actions.

The video of the operation will be demonstrated on all TV channels.

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