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Russia: Missile terror plot to attack Winter Olympics foiled

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Chechen Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov, seen in a screengrab taken from a video on Islamist website kavkazcenter.com, is suspected by Russia's security services of being behind a plot to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russia's secret service claimed Thursday to have foiled plans to stage a terrorist attack in the Black Sea resort of Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games, according to reports.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said Thursday that Russia's secret service, the FSB, had discovered caches of ammunition with portable surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, flame throwers as well as grenades, rifles and explosives, The Associated Press reported.

The ammunition was found in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia, a region that has strong links with Russia.

The FSB said it suspected the attacks were being masterminded by Doku Umarov, a Chechen rebel leader.

The AFP news agency said three militants were arrested during the operation.

"Russia's FSB could establish that militants were planning to move these weapons to Sochi during 2012-2014 to use for terror acts during planning and hosting the Olympic Games," the committee's statement said, as quoted by Russian news agencies and reported by AFP.

"Doku Umarov -- while maintaining close contacts with the Georgian special services -- coordinated all activities to organize the delivery of materials to carry out the acts of terror," the committee added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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