A one-armed Chechen warlord has been named as the mastermind behind the Istanbul airport massacre, it has emerged. Akhmed Chataev is said to be the brains behind the attack after three suicide bombers launched a co-ordinated assault on Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, according to Turkish media.
The Chechen warlord has risen to become an ISIS commander, with at least 130 militants at his disposal, with security sources claiming he was creating terror cells to be sent into Russia.
Security sources have claimed all three came from countries which once fell under the control of the Soviet Union, Dagestan, Kurdistan and Uzbekistan, and may have been part of ISIS’ Russian-speaking terror cell.
Chataev is thought to have branched out in recent years, turning his focus towards young men from immigrant families who – crucially – hold European Union passports.
According to the United Nations Security Council, Chataev now controls 130 ISIS militants.
‘There are many more such people than those who were recruited from Russia,’ said a Russian source.Chataev – nicknamed ‘One-Armed’ after he claimed one of his limbs was chopped off in prison – fled Russia 12 years ago, and won refugee status in Austria.