Azerbaijan – According to several websites, the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 may have been seriously in peril of a terrorist attack. Allegedly, the Azeri officials arrested 40 people who were planning a terrorist attack on the Baku Crystal Hall. Members of the group had “tickets for Eurovision in order to commit a terroristic attack in the Hall during the final.”
Azeri security officials said: “The group was planning an attack in the concert hall where the competition was held as well as other attacks against President Ilham Aliyev, police stations, hotels where foreigners were housed and against places of worship.” The mention of president Aliyev makes me a little sceptical. May this just be used to get rid of certain unwanted people?
The security services have arrested suspected members of the group during separate operations in Baku, in the cities of Ganja and Sumgait and in several parts of the country, the ministry said without specifying the date of arrest.
Some group members have offered resistance and were killed, added the ministry.
“The Ministry of National Security has chosen not to reveal this information during the Eurovision to avoid creating a panic among citizens and foreign guests,” the ministry added.