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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The terrorist attack was planned by a national of Tajikistan who arrived at a Moscow airport earlier in March, the Izvestia newspaper reported, citing security sources.
The 23-year old, named Izattilo M., arrived on a plane from Turkey and had taken part in the Syrian conflict, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
The terror plan went wrong when the man was taken in for airport security checks and panicked after realizing that he could be deported to Tajikistan, attempting to commit suicide with scissors as well as attempting to destroy his phone, according to the publication.
Further investigations had the terrorist confess to planning to blow himself up during March 8 celebrations in the Russian capital. Investigators are now trying to find the man's accomplices and uncover the sleeper cell that was set to supply Izattilo M. with explosives, while the man himself has been handed over to Tajikistan's security services.
According to Tajikistan's Prosecutor General, over 1,000 citizens of the country have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Daesh terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States. The group's ethnic Tajik recruits are playing a major role in the current battle for Mosul against Iraqi forces. Gulmurod Khalimov, a former Tajik special operations colonel, is a key Daesh leader and is taking part in organizing Daesh defenses in the city.
Daesh-affiliated Tajik nationals had planned several terrorist attacks in Russian cities last year, with all attempts foiled by security services.
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