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Red Square bomb plotter gets 15 years
A man whose plan to cause carnage in Moscow’s Red Square was thwarted by a spam phone message was yesterday sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Ilyas Saidov, a member of an underground Islamist group, brought explosives-laden belts camouflaged as heaters for two female suicide bombers on a bus from his native Dagestan. But just hours before they were to set off the bombs on New Year’s Eve, 2010, one belt blew up as a spam message activated the mobile phone attached to the detonator. One of the women was killed and the other arrested. She was sentenced to ten years in jail in May.

The Moscow City Court also found Saidov guilty of shooting two police officers and three civilians in Dagestan. Saidov pleaded guilty and co-operated with investigators, giving up the leader and several members of a secret Islamist group he was part of. His testimony led to the killing of several Islamists.

Four members of the group have been convicted, and six more are currently standing trial.
Posted by:ryuge