Russian Official Unsure if Chemical-Arms Plant Target of Alleged Plot

Global Security Newswire Staff
Oct. 16, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Rus­si­an au­thor­it­ies in­dicted two in­di­vidu­als on ter­ror­ism grounds, though they have not de­term­ined if the de­fend­ants were al­legedly plan­ning to at­tack a nearby chem­ic­al-weapons de­struc­tion site, In­ter­fax re­por­ted on Tues­day.

Po­lice have linked an un­covered stash of bomb-mak­ing ma­ter­i­als to the two de­tain­ees, who were liv­ing near the Mara­dykovsky chem­ic­al de­pot and dis­arm­a­ment site in Rus­sia’s Kirov re­gion, said Grigory Zhitenev, head of the Rus­si­an In­vest­ig­at­ive Com­mit­tee’s Kirov-re­gion branch.

However, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials still have not de­term­ined that the Mara­dykovsky fa­cil­ity was their tar­get, Zhitenev told re­port­ers on Tues­day.

“The only thing I can say is that [the sus­pects] had not made a fi­nal de­cision,” he said.

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