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Russian authorities have foiled a plot by militants who were building fertiliser bombs in a suburban apartment and planning to attack a bullet train between Moscow and St Petersburg, a newspaper reported on Tuesday 08/16/2011 (see also – Bologoye Attack).

Citing security sources, Kommersant revealed details of an alleged plot by militants from the North Caucasus that Russia’s top security official had described to President Dmitry Medvedev last month as a “large terrorist attack” targeting transport (see – Moscow Plot 07.18.11).

Kommersant said the suspected mastermind, a 22-year-old native of the North Caucasus province of Kabardino-Balkaria, Islam Khamuzhyev allegedly recruited at least three men to help carry out the attack on the Sapsan, a high-speed train connecting Russia’s largest cities.

A Federal Security Service (FSB) source told the paper the group made bombs out of ammonium nitrate in a rented apartment near the busy railway line and had planned to place one on the tracks some 20 kilometres north of Moscow. FSB officials declined to comment on the report.

In televised comments last month, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov told Medvedev that “a large terrorist attack” targeting “crowded facilities and transport infrastructure” had been averted near Moscow.

Kommersant said the suspected mastermind, Islam Khamuzhyev, had recruited two men with whom he played soccer and another he had met at a mosque to help in the attack.

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