The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) in Kyiv detained one of the leaders of the Islamist terrorist organization, the press-service of the agency reported.
"One of the leaders of the international terrorist organization al-Nusra Front who was internationally wanted, is arrested by the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv", said in the SSU report.
A citizen of one of the former republics of the USSR in 2013 – 2014 participated in the Syrian military conflict. In 2015, the militant became a head of a separate Jamaat (Muslim assembly) of international terrorist organization al-Nusra Front.
Reportedly, the Shevchenko district court of Kyiv imposed on the criminal the arrest for extradition purposes as a pre-trial restraint. The prosecution authorities initiated extradition proceedings.
To the knowledge, al-Nusra Front is an Islamist terrorist organization operating in Syria since 2012. It is an official branch of Al-Qaeda on the territory of Syria and Lebanon, but in fact has its own management and carries out independent activity. Before the rise of Islamic state, al-Nusra Front was considered one of the most aggressive and radical groups in the ranks of the opponents of the Syrian government. It is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN, the US, UK, Australia, Turkey and Russia.