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26 Apr, 2023 21:41

Terrorist attack thwarted in Crimea – FSB

A suspect who was allegedly planning to bomb a military hospital has been detained
Terrorist attack thwarted in Crimea – FSB

Russian security services have prevented an attack on a military hospital in Crimea, the Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed in a statement on Wednesday. Officers detained a suspect, whose identity has not been released, and seized improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the statement added.

A video published by the FSB shows a middle-aged man being escorted by officers. According to the FSB, the man was in possession of at least two IEDs: One that contained nails designed to serve as “killing agents” and another that had “an incendiary effect.”

The video shows what appears to be a Molotov cocktail in a glass bottle, as well as a small metal can and an unidentified object wrapped in a piece of cloth with wires protruding from it. According to the statement, the suspect planned to attack the Russian Defense Ministry’s Navy Hospital in the Crimean capital, Simferopol.

The man has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack, as well as illegal acquisition and possession of explosives. 

The developments come just a week after a 52-year-old Russian-Ukrainian citizen in the Crimean city of Kerch was arrested on suspicion of intending to plant an explosive device at a power system facility. He has been charged with plotting an act of sabotage and now faces 20 years to life in prison.

According to FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, security services have prevented 118 terrorist attacks in the country, many of which were being prepared by young people and minors.

In April, Bortnikov also warned that Western and Ukrainian intelligence services had launched an “aggressive brainwashing and recruitment [campaign]” in an attempt to involve Russian youths in sabotage, extremist activities, and terrorist attacks against their own country.