14 May 2018 16:25

Grozny has not received inquiries about Paris terrorist, authorities ready to provide all available info

MOSCOW. May 14 (Interfax) - The Chechen authorities are ready to provide all of the information they have on Khamzat Azimov, who attacked passers-by in central Paris with a knife on Saturday, if such a request is made by Russia's law enforcement structures, a source in the region's law enforcement agencies told Interfax.

"The Chechen authorities are ready to provide all the information they have about Khamzat Azimov if they get a request through the official Russian authorities," the source told Interfax by phone on Monday.

The source said no such requests have been received thus far.

At the same time, a source familiar with the situation said the Chechen law enforcement agencies have no information on any criminal connections of Khamzat Azimov's because he left Chechnya when he was a child.

The source said one cannot say with a 100% certainty that Khamzat Azimov's action is connected to his religious views and is not a form of some protest. "That [Khamzat Azimov's actions' can be a protest against the authorities' actions, problems in life. That cannot be ruled out," the source said.

The source said the criminal's actions contradict Islam.