Russia Thwarts Terror Plot on Moscow Shul

By Hamodia Staff

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has thwarted a potential terror attack on a Moscow shul and killed the would-be attacker, the FSB announced. 

The Jerusalem Post, citing a report from FSB, says the suspect, from a Central Asian country, had intended to carry out the attack when there would have been a large crowd at the shul.

The date and location of the intended attack has not been revealed.

The suspect is in his low 20’s and had been in jail in his native country for a crime unrelated to terrorism.

He established connections with individuals involved in terrorism and soon began following the ideology of an unnamed terror group. After he was released from prison in November, he traveled to Russia and prepared for the attack — including by acquiring materials to construct an improvised explosive device.

The FSB confronted the suspect Wednesday, and he was “neutralized after offering armed resistance,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

This is the second time in a month that FSB has thwarted a terror attack on Jews in Moscow. Last month, FSB uncovered a planned shooting attack in a Moscow shul by ISIS. The would-be attackers were also killed in a firefight with authorities.

Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar said on Thursday that FSB’s “diligent efforts have undoubtedly saved many lives.” 

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