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Euro Song Contest terror attack thwarted, claim police

Euro Song Contest terror attack thwarted, claim police
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Azeri television has shown footage of reported Islamist terrorists who had threatened to attack Azerbaijan’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Last weekend’s final in Baku, the capital of the ex-Soviet state went without major incident.

Now Azeri security forces are crediting this, in part, to stopping the Dagestan Front Islamic militant group from succeeding.

In the video, said to be found on the mobile phone of the group’s leader who was killed last month, he calls for a jihad.

Police say they arrested 40 people linked to the Dagestan Front who were targeting the song contest venue and large hotels where competitors were staying.

Though the militant group is believed to have links to al Qaeda, Dagestan Front members were not the only ones detained ahead of the competition. Police cracked down on protesters demonstrating about a number of issues – including human rights.

It is estimated 125 million viewers worldwide tuned in to watch Sweden’s Loreen win in Baku.