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Declassified documents say Al-Qaeda planned terrorist attacks in Russia

February 26, 2015, 5:36 UTC+3 NEW YORK
Terrorists were planning to blow up a gas pipeline and attack the US Embassy in Moscow
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NEW YORK, February 26. /TASS/. The terrorist organization Al-Qaeda planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia, including blowing up a gas pipeline and attacking the US Embassy in Moscow, declassified documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan said on Wednesday.

The documents were presented at the trial of Pakistani citizen Abid Naseer in New York. Naseer is charged in Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist plots.

Among the documents was exchange of messages between bin Laden and other terrorists. Some messages say that Al-Qaeda planned to send militants to Russia to carry out terrorist attacks, including blowing up a gas pipeline or attacking the US Embassy in Moscow. Terrorist attacks were also planned in other countries, including "several targets" in Britain.

Naseer, 28, was extradited from Britain to US in 2013. He pleaded not guilty to having ties with Al-Qaeda and complicity in preparing terrorist attacks.

Naseer came to Great Britain on a student visa and was first arrested in 2009 on suspicion of plotting an attack in Manhattan. He was ordered to leave the country though no explosives were found. Naseer was arrested for the second time in 2010 on US request. US special services suspected him in plotting a terrorist attack in the New York metro.

Naseer’s lawyers tried to prevent his extradition to US on the grounds that America can extradite him to Pakistan where he may face deadly torture. In December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights declined Naseer’s complaint, clearing the last hurdle on the way of the suspect’s extradition to US.

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