MINSK, 10 May (BelTA) – The State Security Committee has foiled a number of terrorist attacks, which were supposed to happen on 9 May. Traces of the client behind the attempted terrorist attacks lead to Ukraine, BelTA learned from a broadcast of the Belarusian TV channel ONT, which promised to air an investigation film in the evening.
According to the Belarusian TV channel ONT, a number of terrorist attacks were supposed to go off in Belarus ahead of Victory Day and on 9 May. The KGB foiled these attempts, the KGB chief Ivan Tertel was quoted as saying.
The explosive devices were disguised as household appliances, which have been transported to Belarus from abroad. Mail parcels were collected by different people, who were told not to ask too many questions. “The parcels had to be activated at specific times in order to cause casualties and stir up the situation in the country. Traces of the client behind the terrorist attacks lead to Ukraine,” ONT said.
BelTA previously quoted Chairman of the State Security Committee (KGB) of Belarus Ivan Tertel as saying that the KGB had stopped attempts to commit terrorist attacks ahead of 9 May. Ivan Tertel said: “According to our estimates, these events were connected with 9 May. An attempt to stir up the situation. The head of state is aware of these details. We've apprehended a certain number of individuals, who have been getting ready to carry out terrorist attacks. And we know that special services are behind it. These were attempts at organizing terrorist attacks in our territory. And we believe they were timed specifically to Victory Day.”
Ivan Tertel mentioned the importance of vigilance of citizens. The work of any special service cannot be as effective if citizens do not stay vigilant. “Attempts are being made to involve young Belarusians, our university students in the organization of terrorist attacks. Sometimes people fail to understand that their actions border on law violations. But essentially they have already gone nearly as far as hell,” the KGB chief said.