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Azerbaijan Claims to Break Up Terror Attack Against Opposition Rally

Troops from Azerbaijan's State Security Service, who claim to regularly break up terror plots. Many observers are skeptical. (photo: State Security Service of Azerbaijan)

Azerbaijan's authorities claim to have broken up a terror plot targeting an upcoming opposition rally in Baku. But the rally's organizers say the government's claims raise suspicions that they're trying to frighten people away from opposition events.

Azerbaijan's State Security Service announced on October 25 that they had thwarted a group of religious extremists in Lokbatan, on the outskirts of Baku. The group was led by an "emir" and had tested an improvised bomb on October 22, the announcement said. A law enforcement source told Sputnik Azerbaijan that the group was tied to the Islamic State.

They were reportedly targeting a rally scheduled for October 28, organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces. One of the organizers of the rally, Nureddin Mammadli, said that if there really was a plot, he was grateful to the security services. But he was skeptical.

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