May 31, 2012
AZERBAIJAN foiled an attempt to stage “terrorist” attacks while it was hosting the Eurovision Song Contest last week and arrested dozens of suspected plotters, the security ministry says.
“The main goal of the group was to stage terrorist acts in Baku during Eurovision,” the National Security Ministry said today. “As a result of the measures taken, 40 members of the group were arrested.”
The group was planning attacks on the concert hall where Eurovision was held, on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, police buildings, hotels used by foreigners, mosques and other religious sites in the ex-Soviet state, it said.