Russian ISIL member planning to kill Donbas militia leader by Ukrainian Security Service order detained in Smolensk region - FSB
MOSCOW. Sept 10 (Interfax) - A resident of Russia's internal North Caucasus republic of Dagestan belonging to the international terrorist organization Islamic State banned in Russia has been detained in the Smolensk region on suspicion of planning to kill a leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on the Ukrainian Security Service's instructions, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
"The Russian FSB detained Russian citizen Medzhid Gabibulayevich Magomedov, a native of Dagestan and a member of the international terrorist organization Islamic State banned in Russia, in the Smolensk region on September 9 on suspicion of planning the assassination of a militia leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic on instructions from the Ukrainian Security Service and leaders of Right Sector [banned in Russia]," the FSB told Interfax on Monday.
Magomedov acknowledged that "Ukrainian special services actively assist militants of the international terrorist organization Islamic State in Ukrainian territory in providing their security, financing them, and supplying them with weapons and explosives to commit acts of terrorism in Russian territory," it said.
The suspect said "Ukrainian special services actively employ Islamic State members to eliminate militia leaders in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics," it said.
Magomedov arrived in Ukrainian territory in early 2018 "to settle issues of supplying resources to the criminal underworld in the North Caucasus with emissaries of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, who introduced him to people from the Ukrainian Security Service and Right Sector," the FSB said.
"In the course of continued contacts with employees of Ukrainian special services, Magomedov received an instruction to kill a commander of a DPR armed unit residing in the Smolensk region," the FSB said.
To this end, Magomedov arrived in the Smolensk region, "having previously been supplied by his supervisors with means to commit a crime, which he retrieved from a cache in Russian territory, and information on his target's residence and the transport vehicle he uses," it said.
Magomedov was detained, and security services seized an improvised explosive device equivalent to 1.5 kilos of TNT, a handgun with a silencer, and ammunition to it from him.
A criminal case has been opened against the man, and search and investigative procedures are under way, it said.