MOSCOW: A Russian official has revealed a possible plot ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, saying female suicide bombers had planned to smuggle explosives onto an aircraft in hand cream.
Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, who has responsibility for counter-terrorism, said the women were detained in Austria and France.
The head of Russia’s FSB security services said in July that many countries had helped to prevent an array of attacks at the Olympics primarily Austria, France, Germany, Georgia and the U.S. but no details were given.
The Sochi Games were held amid high concern that insurgents from nearby restive Caucasus republics including Chechnya were planning attacks.
Syromolotov, whose comments were carried by Russian news agencies, spoke Monday before the upper house of Russia’s parliament.