Police blow up ‘illegal’ Muslim prayer hall after ‘finding stash of explosives and ISIS supporter’ inside
This is the dramatic moment an illegal Muslim prayer hall was blown up after cops allegedly discovered a stash of explosives inside it.
The building was captured on video being destroyed in a controlled blast by bomb disposal experts near the Russian city of Samara.
It came after cops reportedly found two pounds of explosives – and more than 50 young men, including at least one ‘ ISIS supporter’ – inside the unassuming property.
Footage of the explosion shows a massive part of the prayer hall going up in flames, sending plumes of smoke and debris flying into the air.
The illegal Muslim prayer hall, just seconds before it is blown up in a controlled explosion
A massive part of the building going up in flames, sending thick smoke and debris flying into the air
jets from a water cannon after deeming the explosives too dangerous to remove, RT.com reports.
Earlier, Russia’s special forces had stormed the prayer hall, leading to the detention of 53 men and the alleged discovery of the explosive substances.
The men are thought to be part of the ultra-
conservative Salafi movement, which is within Sunni Islam and takes a ‘fundamentalist’ approach toward Islam.
Earlier, Russia’s special forces had stormed the prayer hall, leading to the detention of 53 young men
The movement is ‘not registered with the regional Muslim community as an official house of worship’, the news site reports.
At least one of the detainees promoted ISIS online, while other members of the community are believed to be fighting in Syria, a special forces source said.
It is unclear exactly when the prayer hall was blown up. However, cops evacuated locals and blocked traffic in both directions before carrying out the controlled blast.