Belarusian security forces detain «extremists» again

The Minsk police have arrested a group of Egyptians going to Europe «with extremist intentions».

«After inspecting the detainees and vetting their hand-luggage investigators cast doubt on the fact that these people were pursuing noble aims while travelling. One of them had marks of a recent gunshot wound,» a Minsk City Internal Affairs Directorate official told news agency Interfax. But there is no exact information provided what the investigators have found.

According to the investigators, the detainees arrived in Belarus planning to move to the EU and participate in an underground resistance movement. The goal it set was the erosion of the EU member countries’ social and political systems.

As the Minsk City Internal Affairs Directorate official said, it is no coincidence that the Egyptians were travelling by Belarus: sanctioned by the EU, the country reviewed its standard for patrolling the border line between EU member countries and Belarus. The State Border Committee admittedly started guarding the border line on the principle which is used by the neighbouring countries, i.e. supervising of entering the country will be prioritized.

It is the fourth time that security forces have reported on the threat of terrorism in the preceding month. On April 12, 2012 The Belarusian state security agency (KGB) arrested two Chechens who were presumably wanted on a charge of shooting dead the police patrol in Grozny. On April 19, the KGB office in the Homel region said that the improvised explosive device in one of Homel stores had been set off «for carrying out actions of the terrorist nature». KGB officials said that the explosion might well be a result of a war between groups engaged in illegal immigration of foreigners moving to Homel under the veil of studying at local universities. On April 25, 2012 the grenade detonation in the town of Kobryn (Brest region) caused death of two men, a father and son. One of the versions considered by the investigators is North Caucasian terrorists’ implication.


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