ISIS plot ‘to assassinate Putin’ is foiled as ‘terrorist’ in possession of guns and explosives is arrested in Serbia ahead of visit by Russian leader
Plot by ‘Jihadist terrorists’ to assassinate Putin in Serbia has been stopped
Armin Alibašić, 21, suspected of being ISIS supporter arrested today
Alibašić was in possession of ‘a cache of weapons and explosives’ upon arrest
Russian President is due to arrive in Belgrade today for a state visit
Armin Alibašić reportedly was in possession of a cache of weapons and explosives upon his arrest [photo], in the Serbian city of Novi Pazar
An alleged plot to assassinate the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been foiled in Serbia, after police arrested an armed ‘Jihadist’ ahead of the Russian President’s state visit to Belgrade tomorrow.
Armin Alibašić, 21, is suspected of being an ISIS supporter and was in possession of a cache of weapons and explosives upon his arrest in the Serbian city of Novi Pazar, according to reports .
A report attributed to the Serbian intelligence agency BIA said ‘he was preparing a terrorist attack specifically at the time of the Russian leader’s visit’.
The police don’t rule out the chance that Alibašić’s possible victim could be the Russian leader Vladimir Putin who was going to visit the Serbian capital on January 17.
The local special services, however, are quite sure they can provide the Russian president’s security.
Observers believe president Putin has been targeted by jihadist groups because of Russia’s ongoing war with the Islamic State.
Weapons and other instruments cache [photo], reportedly found at the Armin Alibašić’s home
They found ‘an arsenal of weapons and all the necessary components for the manufacture of an explosive device, as well as the symbols of ISIS’.
The man was described as a Wahhabi. There were suspicions he was not acting alone, according to reports.
The claim was carried by Russian state newspaper Rossikaya Gazeta and other major Moscow outlets.
Ahead of his visit, Putin had hailed close relations between Serbia and Russia.