MOSCOW — Two Islamist gunmen killed in a special operation in Kazan were planning a major terrorist attack in the city on an upcoming Muslim holiday, the Federal Security Service said Thursday.
The FSB said in a statement on its website that the gunmen, Robert Valeyev and Ruslan Kashapov, had planned to launch the attack on Oct. 26 in areas crowded with people celebrating the first day of the three-day Eid al-Adha holiday.
The two were also suspects in attacks on two senior religious officials in Kazan in July, the statement said.
The FSB said Valeyev shot dead prominent cleric Valiulla Yakupov and planted bombs in the SUV of Tatarstan Mufti Ildus Faizov, who survived the July 19 explosions.
Had this happened in the United States, the media would be falling all over themselves trying to keep the religion quiet. You gotta love Russia. The first three words of their article..." Two Islamist gunmen."Kashapov was named as an accomplice in those attacks, which the FSB said "aimed to sow fear among the population" on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Welcome to Bizarro World, where Russia is more honest in their press than the US. Apparently, in this country you can shout "Allahu Ackbar" at the top of your lungs, pull a gun and start slaughtering US military personnel, and it's only 'work place violence.'