March 13, 2019: Gunman plotting terrorist attack eliminated in Russia’s Samara Region
March 13, 2019 | Brainwave Science
A gunman plotting a terrorist attack was killed in a special operation in western Russia’s Samara Region, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) told TASS on Wednesday. “This night during a search operation, the Russian Federal Security Service was informed that an armed person planning to carry out a terrorist attack was staying in one of private houses,” the anti-terror agency said.
The gunman, who had sheltered himself in a house, was asked to lay down arms and surrender to the authorities. “In response, he opened fire at the law enforcement personnel and used a combat grenade. During a quick armed clash, the gunman was neutralized,” the NAC said.
According to the NAC operations headquarters, the gunman was linked to an international terrorist group. “He maintained contact with gunmen who are abroad and had been planning to blow up an improvised explosive device in a place of mass gathering,” it said.
The gunman’s body has been preliminarily identified. Weapons, munitions and an improvised explosive device ready for use were uncovered at the scene.
There are no casualties among the law enforcement personnel and civilians, the NAC said. The security agencies are carrying out an investigation to find the gunman’s suspected accomplices.
It is extremely important to attack terrorism at its roots. The NAC must identify the allegiance of the terrorist and then attempt to track down the senior leadership. It begins with screening asylum seekers and refugees for any terrorism training, IED/bomb-making training, exposure to radical propaganda and brainwashing, etc. It all sounds good in theory but using conventional techniques to conduct these screenings is almost impossible and involves huge expenses.
Although ISIL had sustained significant losses in terms of manpower in Syria and Iraq, it had transformed into a network-based organization. ISIL’s cells sprawl across and beyond the Middle East towards Central and Southeastern Asia, and the African continent. To add to this surge of lone-actor terrorist acts in Europe, and the threat of foreign terrorist fighters taking advantage of migrant routes.
One cannot deny the importance of a comprehensive approach to countering terrorism, including preventive efforts of the relevant authorities in coordination with civil society. In the Russian Federation, such an approach is ensured by NAC and, over the past five years, resulted in the disengagement from terrorist/extremist activity of over 300 individuals.
Through annual meetings, Russia attempts to share intelligence information between relevant authorities. In this regard, NAC and FSB continue to maintain an International Counterterrorism Database (ICD), a project focused on developing a common antiterrorist information environment for security intelligence and law-enforcement operators worldwide.
In fact, the Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) has remarked, “We must continue to strengthen our partnerships. We must ensure that, through our cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and joint efforts, our commitment and our capacities are stronger than before.”
The counter-terror, immigration and border control agencies need to quickly implement the most modern screening tools which can identify if a person has even a fragment of terrorism training. Existing techniques such as torture and interrogation are simply ineffective and inefficient when dealing with refugees and asylum seekers in huge numbers.
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Main source: TASS
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