Russia’s most wanted terrorist eyes Olympic Games as target
8 January 2014
The Russian authorities are on high alert following the recent attacks in Volgograd. With the Winter Olympics in Sochi opening on 7 February, there are serious concerns that spectators and athletes will be targets of future attacks. Russia’s most wanted terrorist, Doku Umarov, recently declared that he is prepared to use “maximum force” to prevent the Olympics from occurring.DW reports that Russia’s most wanted terrorist, Doku Umarov, recently declared that he is prepared to use “maximum force” to prevent the Olympics from occurring. In a July 2013 video message, Umarov called on his followers to use “any methods allowed by the almighty Allah” to sabotage the games.
Umarov’s call to violence is taken seriously by his followers — and by Russian law enforcement.
“When Umarov gives an order, as he did one and a half years ago, not to attack civilian targets, then most of the terror cells follow his lead,” Gerhard Mangott, a political science professor at the University of Innsbruck, told Deutsche Welle. “So when he says, as he did a couple of months ago, that the Olympics are being held ‘on the bones of our ancestors,’ as he put it, and therefore civilian targets should again be attacked, then that is something terror cells will comply with,” Mangott explained....
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